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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Lilly is a cheerful little girl with deep blue eyes, curly brown hair and deep dimples that appear when she smiles. Lilly couldn’t be happier, except for one thing: her face is marked with freckles. She tries to scrub them off, but they won’t budge. Her Mama tells her to cherish her freckles because they’re angel kisses. But when Lilly gets really sick, with a fever and a sore throat, and her Mama gives her colorful popsicles to sooth the throat, her freckles turn the color of the popsicles she eats. Lilly’s no longer sure that her treasured angel kisses are such a good thing after all. That is until she has the last popsicle: a fudgsicle.
Susan Jill Ream’s picture book story, Lilly’s Colorful Spots, is a real treat to read and share with young children. It presents the issue of looks, something that girls of all ages worry over, in such a way that it’s rather amusing. The story tells the reader that facial markings, like freckles, should be accepted and even cherished as something very special that defines the person as being unique. Lilly worries when her spots change colors and is relieved when everything returns to normal. She has come to accept her freckles as the treasured angel kisses that they are. Lilly has learned, and so too will the young children who read this story, that the unique way we all appear is a cherished gift and one to be appreciated. We are all unique and it only stands to reason that we should have our own unique qualities and appearances. A little bit of humor and a fun story to teach a valuable lesson.