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Monday 27 July 2020

Review: Embrace Your Body

My body is my home, and what it does is magic. It is a vehicle to my dreams.

Embrace Your Body, by Taryn Brumfitt, creator and thought leader behind the Body Image Movement, encourages children of all shapes and sizes to love who they are, no matter what others say.

Full of positive messages in affirmations, Embrace Your Body explores the value and uniqueness of each individual child through the countless differences that make them special.

It teaches acceptance of how they and others, look and are, and encourages gratitude for their abilities, senses, strong heartbeat, and my heart, filling me with kindness. This increases their self-esteem and helps children overcome any demeaning insinuations they might encounter.

Striking illustrations in bold colours and lines are juxtaposed with the energy and excitement for life children’s actions exhibit. Large images visually confirm the short, sharp spurts of power that saying the right words can give. It is inclusive and embracing. Children joined together in absolute solidarity against the invisible monster of insecurity.

This is a happy book. The yellow covers shout that life is full of light!  A concentration on exuberance, play, encouragement, friendship and confidence. Every word is a positive expression connecting to the belief that loving the way you are, will bring joy.

Keynote speaker and director of the documentary Embrace, Taryn Brumfitt is inspired by her own personal battle with body image, to help as many people as she can to overcome the negative image they have of themselves. Her story is documented in her autobiography, Embrace: My Story from Body Loather to Body Lover.

This is a title that will be enjoyed by adults also, as what is experienced by children is also reflected in many grown-ups.

Title: Embrace Your Body
Author: Taryn Brumfitt
Illustrator: Sinead Hanley
Publisher: Penguin Random House, $19.99
Publication Date: 20 June 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760895983
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Books