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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
My Very Special Scar by Jameeliah Joy Hadley is the story of a young pup who used to run, climb, jump, and dance. He loved playing on the swing. The young pup fell sick when he was six and his mother took him to the hospital. The doctor said he had to undergo surgery to become better. They took him into a big white room and gave him medicine to sleep. The young pup felt great when he woke up. The surgery was a success and he was not sick anymore but there was a long and wide scar on his tummy. The young pup was sad but his mother consoled him by saying he was beautiful inside and out. Let us read the story to learn how the young pup's mother lifted his spirits.
It is a beautiful story about self-acceptance, being a survivor, and self-esteem. The story is inspirational and encouraging and will give many young readers hope when it comes to dealing with the scars that accompany surgery. The illustrations are as wonderful as the concept and they breathe life into the characters and the story, making it vivid for readers. It is a book that all tutors, educators, doctors, nurses, parents, counselors, and hospitals should keep to encourage children not only to visualize the light at the end of the tunnel but also to accept their scars happily. The story is realistic and all the characters are real and relatable. The topic is sensitive but will definitely leave young readers empowered and confident of themselves.