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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Dear Daughter: From Mother To Daughter Picture Book To Build Self Esteem by Jamie Chin is a charming story about self-esteem geared toward young girls. The girl in this story is unnamed, which means that she can be any young lady out there, as well as the mother who tells the story. In short, easy-to-read paragraphs, the mother talks about what she finds amazing about her daughter. She describes her hair, eyes, smile, and even deep sighs. The mother believes that her daughter is a lovely little human who possesses infinite possibilities and that the world will soon know that she is destined for greater things. This book sends the message to young girls that there is no need to be perfect as every person on this planet is unique, and that is why it is important to stay true to one’s self.
Children’s minds are very impressionable, which is why during their formative years, it is important to consistently provide them with a positive, creative environment to boost and develop their self-esteem. Part of this provision are books about self-esteem and unconditional love. Jamie Chin’s Dear Daughter accomplishes the teaching of personal value and staying true to oneself. It does not exactly have a plot in the real sense, and it reads more like a heartwarming message, but the message couldn’t have been delivered in a more creative and direct way. Its overall concept is further amplified by Alena Karabach’s appealing illustrations, as her artwork gives pictorial depth to the young girl engaged in different activities. This is a wonderful storybook to foster a positive self-image and self-confidence, and it can also be used by adults to spark discussions with young girls on the topic.