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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
It’s important to be positive, to believe in oneself. It’s also important to be good, kind, and honest. We must strive to be our best at all times and have the courage to pursue our dreams, to work hard to get where we want to be. In other words, it’s important to be an all-around high-achieving, caring, considerate, positive-thinking, good person. So, why not make it into an alphabet game: from Attitude and Believe to Excellence and Faith to Victorious and Wisdom and so much more. The alphabet can certainly spell out what we should strive to be and how we can become the best possible person.
Tameka Harris’s picture book story, Inspiration from A to Z, is a clever and unique way to teach young people the alphabet while, at the same time, instilling in their minds some deeper concepts of what we all should strive to be. With colorful illustrations, the author presents some complex words like Integrity and Motivated. Each word represents a letter of the alphabet and the word is placed in a sentence to help the young reader understand its meaning, as well as learning something valuable about what the word can, and should mean, to them. For example: “Integrity is how you respond when no one is looking.” The illustration, along with a bubble comment, depicts a young person debating whether or not to steal. The message becomes clear that stealing does not make a good person. And, of course, towards the end of the alphabet there’s Wisdom: “Make sure to use wisdom when making decisions.” A great way to teach new words, the alphabet, and to help all children aspire to be the best person they can be.