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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Our children need the ability to dream big. We need to encourage them so that they can be anything and live whatever life they choose. While all types of professions are at their disposal to explore from being an astronaut, teacher, explorer, and archeologist to a musician, no one can beat them at being themselves. In the children's picture book, Who Can I Be? by Ivory M Leonard with illustrations by Saeed Briscoe, children will go on a journey with seven-year-old Ahkleem as he begins to explore his dreams. In this book, your child will see that life is about possibilities, awareness, and self-acceptance. One day Ahkleem's mom told him, "You’re already the sun, the moon, even the trees. Just never allow anyone to tell you who to be.” This statement set him on the path of not only realizing that he can be anything but that the ultimate gift is being himself.
I'm a fan of reading children's books because they stimulate self-esteem, confidence, and the cognitive skills that children need for healthy development. As your child reads Who Can I Be? they'll be challenged to open their minds and heart to new ideas and prospects that would seem otherwise unavailable to them. In this book, children will realize that just like their ancestors they are inventors, explorers and can embark on any chosen path. I loved that in this book the education and learning continue with the Treasure Hunt, which invigorates your child's attention to detail and an introduction to new concepts and ideas. This book is strongly recommended.