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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
Precious Boy, No Matter What is written by Katie Didit and illustrated by Laird Atkins. This short story shows how important it is to remain culturally diverse and respectful, no matter what. Anyone can choose to be kind and understanding without being blinded by race, color, ethnicity, or any other concept that would make people anything other than unique. Making the choice to be a good person is not so difficult. It takes the will to see others for who they are instead of some random thing that doesn’t really change their personality. Can a young man say ‘no’ in the face of a stereotypical dare or competition and just be himself? How can maintaining good self-esteem and a positive attitude affect how he treats those around him?
I love Precious Boy, No Matter What by Katie Didit! I would not classify this story as a ‘children’s book’ simply because it’s short, easy to read, and has beautiful illustrations. This story has a vast web of valuable life lessons that anyone, child or adult, could benefit from. From showing love, kindness, and compassion to understanding that emotions are natural and need to be addressed and worked through. Precious Boy, No Matter What is a story I would recommend to anyone no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, or any other category or group used to define human beings. The illustrations by Laird Atkins are wonderful images that complement every point made throughout the story. This story is a true inspiration that I completely agree with. How boring life would be if everything looked the same, and what we said, did, and thought were exactly the same. Diversity is a beautiful thing!