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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Onya is a very happy little girl. And she should be. She has loving parents and she loves her teachers and her friends. Everything in her life is good. Except when she is confronted by a mean bully. Then life becomes upsetting. But Onya knows what to do. She tells Mom or Dad or someone she trusts and they reassure her that she is still the beautiful person that they love. Onya learns to forgive the bully so that she can go to bed happy and then wake up the next morning, once again happy to be just who she is: herself. This is a very important lesson for all young people: to be happy to be themselves.
Patrice Lee has written a compassionate story about love and forgiveness and being satisfied with oneself. The story is written in simple verse and accentuated with colorful illustrations. The author introduces the story and concludes it with important points for adults to consider and to study in the story, things that they can share with their young children or young students. There is also a useful exercise at the end of the book to complement the points presented in the story. The message is clear: we must be happy and thankful to be ourselves, because that is how God made us. Love is the best gift to share and we must all share it with our families. When asked by a reporter what could be done to promote world peace, Mother Teresa answered, "Go home and love your family." This is a very important message that is recapped at the end of the book.