I AM Manifesto

Children - Social Issues
40 Pages
Reviewed on 04/24/2019
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Author Biography

SB Hilarion is the author and main illustrator of the Raising Young Scholars Series featuring siblings Hao and Sabine Lee. The author of I AM Manifesto, she enjoys sharing new things that she learns. After all, that's what a philomath would do. She holds a B.A. in political science and sociology, and a Master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a law degree from Harvard. Hilarion lives in New Jersey with her husband and children, and some deer and groundhogs who refuse to pay rent.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

I AM Manifesto by SB Hilarion is an uplifting book for both children and adults with 366 affirmations that will help to build self-belief and self-esteem. Narrated in the form of a journal through the eyes of Hao Finley and Sabine Yi Lee, this book will enable readers to SAY it. BELIEVE it. BECOME it. MANIFEST it. The affirmations, or mantras, are empowering and there is one for every day of the calendar year and readers can also create their own mantras. Let us join Hao and Sabine as they share their mantras with the other Philomaths and repeat their mantras three times twice a day.

I like the way the author approaches the topic; she makes it child-friendly and also makes it easy for adults to practice. The illustrations in the book and the chart for each month are helpful when it comes to organizing and mentally preparing the mantras for every single day of the year. It is definitely a good book for all those who lack self-confidence and want to improve their lives. The glossary at the end of the book is useful when it comes to understanding some of the terms in the book. Readers can organize their calendar and make their own 366 mantras, and start living positively and communicating better with the people around them. Tutors and parents can keep a journal in the classroom and at home and encourage children to use these mantras or create their own to become empowered.

Viga Boland

Let me begin by being very frank: I AM Manifesto by SB Hilarion is the most unusual and unique book for children that I have ever reviewed. It’s not page after page of beautiful illustrations and a cute story line. It’s a book that is created instead for “philomaths”. What is a philomath? A philomath is “a seeker of knowledge”, an older child perhaps who just loves learning and enjoys discovering and adding new words to his/her vocabulary. Well, those children will certainly be able to do that with I AM Manifesto.

Set up as a monthly calendar, readers can learn a new word suggested for each day of the month and make it their own, not just as part of their now expanding vocabulary, but also to keep them thinking positively about themselves. That’s the “manifesto” purpose of this book. The mantra children are encouraged to use is “I am that I am”. Now, insert the word that describes you on that day. For instance, “I am studious….empowered…optimistic…conscientious” etc. In a way, I AM Manifesto is a means of getting into the practice of giving yourself encouragement and positive reinforcement daily…a worthwhile habit not just for children but for adults as well.

SB Hilarion has included a Glossary of all the words introduced at the end of this clever little book, a handy quick reference on how to pronounce the words and remember what each means. If your son or daughter is one of those philomaths mentioned above, they will love exploring the world of words offered by this book and discussing, perhaps with mom and dad, which words best describe them. Have fun!