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Thursday, 13 February 2020

Review: Bronte: Me and My Boots

Bronte’s boots shout ‘this is who I am today!’ Adaptable to the many roles Bronte chooses to play, they become brave-girl boots, I-believe-I-can boots, bubbly, and full-of-beans boots

With her blue boots on, there are no boundaries for Bronte; no allocated gender roles. She loves to try everything.

Written in clever and descriptive rhyming verse,
Bronte: Me and My Boots is full of positive reinforcement.

It encourages the use of imagination and a can-do mind-set.

Bronte is assertive, strong, imaginative, energetic, brave, and the best friend she can be. She presents as the ideal role model to children who love to express their inner selves.

The first title in the Bronte series by the word perfect Penny Harrison, celebrates life. It reflects the confidence owned by children when wearing their favourite clothing items which allow them to do the things they love, and with which they identify themselves.

By the end of the book we have a clear picture of Bronte’s character and attitude to life, including the support of her exploring mind by her warm family circle and best friend. Being an outdoorsy girl, there is a lot of nature, animals, tools and creativity involved.

Evie Barrow’s delightful and expressive illustrations prepare the groundwork for forthcoming adventures. Her choice and use of colour enhances the sense of freedom and joy which Bronte exhibits.

An abundance of small images flow through the book and invite closer inspection. The decorative white items scattered over blue end pages are a design of Bronte’s life and activities.

Bronte is a carefree, lovable and out-going child that many kids will want to copy, learn more about, and definitely follow to see what she gets up to next!

Title: Bronte: Me and My Boots
Author: Penny Harrison
Illustrator: Evie Barrow
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, $19.99
Publication Date: February 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760502331
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book

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