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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
I Love Being Different is the first book in the Lolli’s Happy Heart Rhymes series, written in rhyme by Elena Paige and illustrated by Josef Hill. Each of the book’s poems comprises eight lines, presented by Lolli and Licorice from the Land of Color. The fun-filled poems outline different things children enjoy doing and why. Examples of things which children enjoy are: having energy, crying, magic, teddy, being creative, sharing, thunder, drawing, feeling happy, drawing and more. With full-color illustrations accompanying each poem, the words are brought to life so beautifully, encouraging children to seek out the positive aspect of all things amidst the negatives in life with each turn of the page.
Whilst some of the poem titles in the book may appear to project negativity in some way, when you actually read through the poem, you will see that it turns most of the negatives into positives, which is something all children can hopefully achieve in their lives. I believe that all children should be able to enjoy books at a very young age, as it builds on their language skills and helps with their confidence, character and emotional development. I enjoyed all of the positive poems and delightful illustrations throughout the book, and recommend that this book, designed for children aged between 4-8 years, be stocked in home, school, kindergarten and hospital libraries.