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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
We’re all different. Some of our differences are visible; other differences are hidden deep inside. Sadly, the visible differences sometimes make us stand out a little more and these differences cause others to make fun of us. And it hurts. It makes us feel ugly, imperfect, unhappy and rejected. Faith has lots of freckles on her face. Her classmates constantly make fun of her and tell her she has a dirty face. Her best friend, McKenzie, thinks differently. She has one freckle which she calls a beauty mark; she wishes she had a face full of freckles like Faith does – fifty-five, to be exact; Faith counted them. When McKenzie invites all the girls from school to her birthday party, Faith doesn’t want to go, but she knows she has to go for McKenzie. As expected, the other girls are mean, but McKenzie quickly eases the pain so the two girls can feel beautiful together.
Shermaine Perry-Knights and Baylei Hinds-Perry have put together a remarkable picture book story in Faith’s Freckles. This sweet story is told with care and compassion and addresses some key issues that young girls everywhere must face, particularly the art of feeling good about themselves and feeling beautiful within. Self-esteem and self-empowerment are difficult attributes to adopt, especially when one is constantly harassed and bullied for their differences. Young people (and people of all ages) need to learn to accept each other, especially for their differences. After all, “the things that make you different, make you extra special.” The story is told in the first person narrative, from Faith’s point of view. This is a clever ploy to really let young readers feel Faith’s struggle to accept herself as she is, accept her freckles, and stand up to the pain inflicted by others. Beautifully told and with spectacular illustrations. Loved it!