Summary: Your voice is one of the most important things in the world. It does not matter if it is small or tall. It can roar like a lion or show its strength in a stream of mighty sound like a trumpet. It gives you the power to ask, tell and learn. It also allows you to wonder. Wow! Your voice speaks to others it tells how it feels using endless words. Did you know the power of the voice creates a beautiful song? Everyone uses their voice in a unique way. How do you use your voice?
Strengths: This book is full of vibrant illustrations that sets the tone for the reader. Each page draws your imagination into the descriptive words that makes the pictures come to life. The theme encourages students to be who they are and use the power of their own voice. The diversity of the characters creates an all-inclusive atmosphere that exaggerates the message that there are no exclusions.
Weaknesses: There are no weaknesses, but I would have loved to see this story written in a series. Perhaps this would be the first of the series.
Thoughts: Students love this book. It empowers them to like themselves and respect others. It promotes several character traits that are a focal point in elementary school.
Summary: Have you ever wanted to change something about yourself, but you couldn’t figure out exactly what? Trinity is a young girl who loves her mother, siblings and her pet pig, Peter Porker. She is also good at using her imagination to create and role play with her dolls. Trinity soon discovers something about herself as a transgender girl on the autism spectrum. She finally figured out that her cropped short hair does not resemble her identity and lifeless plain hair is not part of her vocabulary. What will come next? Will she solve this problem on her own or will her family support her colorful vision on how her crown represents who she is as a person?
Strengths: This story is enlightening and has a different spin for the LGBTQ community. It not only promotes individuality, but it recognizes that persons with disabilities are prevalent in all walks of life including transgender.
Weaknesses: It would have been nice if there were more indications of how Trinity functions in the home as a person with autism. Young readers thrive off being able to make an audio and visual connection.
Thoughts: The mother in this story is aligned with the needs of her children. Her character has been written in a manner that shows that parental involvement is a priority. Trinity’s brother, Lucien also embraces her needs and is supportive. The positivity and love demonstrated throughout the story depicts the vibrant rainbow that is a representation of Trinity’s cheerful personality and gender identity.