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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see a brave young person ready to take on the world and fight all the demons? Do you see a powerful young person, knowing full well what destiny has in store and how to handle it? Or do you see someone who is nervous and unsure of what to expect? Patricia sees one side herself, the strong, confident side, in the evening and the following morning, before she sets out to a new school in a new town, she sees a frightened, nervous little girl, not sure what to expect. We all have these conflicting feelings about ourselves. How we deal with them, how Patricia deals with them, defines who we really are.
Katilya Humphery’s picture book story, Patricia’s Reflection, is a clever way to teach young readers about one’s inner self and how to deal with the conflicting emotions we all face on a daily basis. The plot follows Patricia studying herself in the mirror, at first confident, strong, and sure of herself, and then, just before starting the new school, scared and nervous. By using the mirror to reflect the conflicting emotions, the author has provided a unique opportunity for young readers to look at themselves as Patricia did and compare their own conflicting emotions with the ones Patricia faces. The colorful illustrations, each one showing a little girl studying herself in the mirror, with the tiny balloon image in the upper corner depicting the feelings she sees in her reflection, will help the young reader comprehend these complicated and conflicting emotions. Beautifully told and presented.