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Monday, 6 January 2020

Review: All Bodies are Good Bodies

A proud and positive book focusing on bodies and how body parts vary from person to person.

The story is told in rhyme by an energetic character with ginger hair and freckles, she shares her enthusiasm for body parts, from eyes to legs and tummies; ‘I love eyes! Blue eyes, brown eyes, eyes that are green – two different colours are sometimes seen.’

The illustrations are bright, bold and colourful, they work in unity with the text and further build on diversity, showing people with different abilities; wheelchairs, mechanical legs, glasses and more. I adore one scene which shows a variety of people washing and caring for a variety of dogs and one cat!

I love how books like this one plant a simple but important seed for acceptance, open-mindedness and diversity at a young age. This story was a joy to share with my children, we talked about how our own bodies were both similar and different to each other’s. A tickling prompt ending the story made it a better for lead on to energetic play rather than bedtime.

All Bodies are Good Bodies would be great to read in a group, promoting diverse mindset and conversation.

Title: All Bodies are Good Bodies
Author: Charlotte Barkla
Illustrator: Erica Salcedo
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, $19.99
Publication Date: 1 January 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760503932
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book


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