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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
Nini Bells is a seven-year-old girl with blonde curls and green eyes. She speaks two languages and loves to wear dresses. She is taken care of by a nanny named Pat. Pat is the only one around and Nini is close to her. Not only does she clean the house, but she plays with Nini and lets her sit in her room at night when she puts her hair in curlers. Whenever Nini asks Pat if she can sleep in her room, the answer is always no, and she tells Nini, "You got this." At night, the young girl has many worries and fears that keep her awake. Even the simplest things like tying her shoes worry her. Thinking of every worst possible scenario, Nini worries that she won't get picked up, her homework will get wet, or she won't get to school on time. She hopes that she doesn’t have to wear itchy pants or forget an answer when the teacher calls on her. Nini’s teacher, Mrs. Molisanis, is nice, and Nini likes her just as much as she likes Pat because she tells her the same thing--she’s got this. Despite her concerns and worries, Nini always remembers that she’s got it.
I thought Nini Bells by Kris Ufkes-Stertzer was an adorable and fun read. I felt bad for Nini because she worried a lot for someone as young as she was, but there are a lot of young children in a similar situation as Nini, though sometimes their cause of worry is a lot more important than having to wear itchy pants or forgetting the answer to a question. It sets the stage to begin an open conversation. I thought Nini Bells was well thought out and well written, and I loved the illustrations. They were so colorful and pretty and fit perfectly with the storyline. I think Kris Ufkes-Stertzer has done a wonderful job with this book, and I look forward to reading more of this author's work.