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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Life for Sparkles had many stages as it does for everyone. Sparkles hatched from her egg as a caterpillar, ate leaves, built a cocoon, and then woke up from a deep sleep as a beautiful butterfly. Life didn’t begin the way Sparkles thought it should begin. You see, Sparkles wanted to be something better than a caterpillar, something more beautiful, more special. In the egg, Sparkles felt cramped and wanted to escape. As a caterpillar, Sparkles felt restricted in her ability to move freely. She wanted to fly high in the sky and see the world in all its splendor from above. When she emerged from her cocoon, she felt vibrant, beautiful, and capable of doing just about anything. There was a great sense of power in her new found sense of self esteem. And this colorfully illustrated picture book is Sparkles’ story, one that demonstrates the power of believing in oneself, the power of believing that everyone is special and beautiful.
In Sparkles: A Magical Story of Transformation, Michal Y. Noah and illustrator, Favreau, have given us a delightful and beautifully illustrated story about a little butterfly that has so much to teach all of us. Told in rhyme, the lessons Sparkles teaches us are important: primarily that there is the potential in all of us to be anything we want to be and much, much more. Like Sparkles, we all have the ability to be great, to be beautiful, to be special. As Sparkles concludes her story, she says, “Each one of us is special. Through my story, you now know there is magic within you, too. Just let your inner light glow.” Let the inner magic glow from within – this is a powerful message, not only for young readers, but also for people of all ages.