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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
It is never easy being different. Someone who knows that well is Aaron, a young boy who lives in the country of Premium. He is the only one who is green, round, and short, while everyone else is tall and purple. This makes things difficult for Aaron because neither his teacher nor his classmates are kind to him. After school, Aaron goes to the forest and meets his friends, the sunmoonies and myrtledockers. Together with them, he explores underground tunnels and learns their secrets - a skill that will soon allow him to do something great. What awaits Aaron? Find out in Etty Burk's amazing book, Aaron the Different: A Story of Courage, Belonging, and Acceptance.
Aaron the Different tells a tale that is enjoyable and will give young readers much food for thought. Many children will feel that Aaron and his friends are not accepted because they are different for some reason, but that does not mean they cannot achieve something good if they have the opportunity. Etty Burk asks us not to underestimate the qualities of those who do not look like us and, at the same time, encourages us to think about how they feel. Aaron's example will be a comfort to any child who is in a similar situation. This book will make many young readers ask the right questions and help them grow up to be respectful and open-minded. This is an outstanding book, and I recommend it to teachers, parents, and any young reader who loves a good story.