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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
What’s That in Your Ear?, written by Terri Kelley and illustrated by Milena Radeva, is a book that teaches a wonderful lesson to people of all ages. Each day we come into contact with people; some of these people may look like us, some may look very differently from us. However, it is important to remember to look past what we see and get to know the person underneath the outer shell as pointed out by Terri Kelley. Terri pinpoints a few things that people may choose to alter about their appearance that can frowned upon, questioned and lead to a stereotype such a gauge in an ear, having a tattoo, having a nose ring or having dyed hair. Having any of these things is a choice that a person makes and Terri reminds the reader that each person is given one life to live and he or she should be allowed to choose how they each want to live their lives; they have the freedom to make choices.
Terri Kelley addresses important points in What’s That in Your Ear? Often when a person sees another person with a tattoo or piercing, an opinion is formed based just upon seeing this one thing. Terri reminds us that these features do not change the person within and that this is a personal choice a person is free to make - each person is given a life to live and should be free to choose how to live his or her life and be happy. I absolutely loved the illustrations in this book; Milena Radeva did a wonderful job with these! They are so soothing and made me really take my time with reading the book as I wanted to study each illustration and notice each detail and the colors. This book would be an excellent conversation starter with your child and a great reminder for living life to the fullest for yourself and looking within others instead of just looking at one’s shell.