Author: Hunter D. Darden
Illustrator: Sally Vacca
Publisher: Sunfleur Publications, Inc.
Audience: Elementary School Children
Summary: This is a story of a little boy with no self-confidence, a character many children will be able to identify with. He is teased by the kids at school and feels like he has few if any friends. Every morning when he looks in the mirror to get ready for school he is reminded that he doesn’t like himself. One night during his prayers, an guardian angel appears and gives Pete good advice that leads to a marked change in Pete’s self image and confidence.
Literary elements at work in the story: The setting of the book is a very typical suburban neighborhood. The guardian angel is characterized by a little girl. The theme of the story is how a negative self-image can cause a wide range of problems as we attempt to relate in a society full of people with low self-images
Perspective on gender, race, culture, economic, ability: The characters in the book are illustrated as white, but the colorization of the face allows for you to ask what race some of them might be. While the setting is somewhat middle class, the message of the story could be applied to any socio-economic environment. While the book would not be chosen by African-Americans, it could be used with a racially mixed audience
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:4-5, Genesis 1:27, 31
Theology: God created us just like we are and loves us for who we are, a child of God, created in God’s image.
- Why do you think kids tease other kids?
- Who do you feel might be a guardian angel in your life?
- Why do you think it is so hard for some kids to like themselves?
Review prepared by Jim Collins, MACE, Entering cohort Fall 2007
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