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Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite
Anything But Pink by J.C. Benthin is an educational picture book for young children. On her first day at school in a golden world, a young girl named Zinnia gets bullied for being pink. A boy pokes fun at her and says mean things to her, making Zinnia feel ashamed of her pink skin. After listening to a story her father tells, Zinnia knows what she has to do to change the color of her skin; she must find the crystal prism! Along the way, Zinnia meets some friendly faces who help her in her quest, but they soon come to a halt as they meet another friendly face who tells her that what Zinnia wishes can't come true. After talking to her new friends, Zinnia realizes that she loves being pink; it's just other people that don't. Zinnia learns an important lesson that allows her to be herself and not be ashamed anymore. Grab a copy of this book, and learn how to embrace your uniqueness.
Anything But Pink is jam-packed with feel-good content. Everyone is different and that's how it should be. Being the same would be boring, and this is what we need to be teaching children from a young age, as this could prevent bullying and inspire acceptance instead. I liked how the author told this important message. I loved Zinnia's pinkness! The illustrations by Andy Catling have been professionally created and show just how amazing and unique Zinnia is. The story will be enjoyed by children reading it who will learn this crucial lesson. Congrats on the book, J.C. Benthin, your words are beautiful and inspiring. I can't wait to see what you come up with next!