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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Beautifully Different: Yousuf's Everyday Adventures is a children's adventure picture book written by Dana Salim. Yousuf and his dad were playing together when Yousuf brought up a question he had been thinking about. All the kids in his class are different, and Yousuf is not sure if that's a good or a bad thing. He thinks it would be a lot simpler if everyone were the same. His dad asked him if Yousuf thought being different was bad, and Yousuf wasn't really sure. It certainly seemed that some people thought it was bad. Kids who are different get teased, bullied and picked on, sometimes for their appearance, or because they read a lot. Yousuf's dad suggests that he play the Time Travel game to see if he can find some answers. Yousuf loves that game, and he settles back in a comfortable position, closes his eyes and clears his mind of distracting thoughts. Before he knows it, Yousuf is on a boat heading towards a far-away island.
Dana Salim's children's adventure picture book, Beautifully Different: Yousuf's Everyday Adventures, offers children a fun-filled and enlightening fable wherein Yousuf learns why being yourself is special and perfect, even if you're not like everyone else in school. I loved following Yousuf as he travels over the waves and learns for himself the importance of celebrating diversity. He sees how if different people join together, they become strong enough to stand up to the bullies, and, in their unity, become even more special. The illustrations in this book are marvelous! Each panel is bright and cheerful with bold colors that pop off the page as Yousuf plays his Time Travel game and discovers that being different is beautiful, and that appreciating everyone's differences is best of all. Beautifully Different: Yousuf's Everyday Adventures is most highly recommended.