Your Face Lights Up the World

Children - Picture Book
38 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2024
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

We all have unique features that make us distinct and special in our own ways. Jodi Meltzer's Your Face Lights Up the World follows the story of two fraternal twin siblings, Hunter and Harper. Hunter and Harper have been sent outside by their mother to play together after a fight. Determined to get her back, the siblings decide to build a fort tall enough to keep all the adults out. As they set off in different directions, Hunter finds a stone full of sparkles that he likens to his sister's freckles on her face. Feeling upset, Harper finds a stick she wants to use as a wand on her brother. But Hunter soon reveals that for all his teasing, he actually likes Harper's freckles.

Your Face Lights Up the World is a wholesome adventure tale about two siblings that teaches a valuable lesson about self-esteem. Jodi Meltzer infuses this wonderful story with a spoonful of humor and heart that will put a smile on your face. This is the kind of book that brightens your day and makes you feel good about yourself. Meltzer's characters and their vibrant personalities are brilliantly captured on the pages through the lively artwork by Jody King Camarra. Hunter and Harper's sibling rivalry is something most kids and even some adults will be able to relate to. Their relationship is adorable, and these two are bound to charm their way into your heart. Overall, I found the book funny and heartwarming in equal measure. Young readers will love this picture book.

Emma Megan

Your Face Lights Up the World by Jodi Meltzer is a wonderful children's picture book about sibling rivalry and self-acceptance. It follows fraternal twins Harper and Hunter as they try to find a way to get back at their mother. Harper and Hunter aren't happy that their mother sent them outside after a fight to play together. While outside, they decide to build a fort tall enough to keep their mother out. On his way to search for sticks and stones to stack, Hunter finds an interesting stone, and because of it, he and his sister start fighting each other. They tease one another until Hunter says something that hurts Harper so much that she decides to find something even more cool than Hunter's stone. Will Harper find what she is looking for? Will her annoying brother stop teasing her and making nasty comments about her face?

Your Face Lights Up the World is an easy-to-read, inspiring story ideal for young girls who struggle to see themselves as beautiful. Jodi Meltzer helps children become more confident in their skin, discover how wonderful they are, and see themselves in a new light. This meaningful story encourages children not to judge others. Your Face Lights Up the World is also about realizing that we must be mindful of how we treat others and what we say to them. With brightly colored and charming illustrations, this book shows the importance of embracing and accepting who you are and everything that makes you special and unique. It's an opportunity for parents to boost their child's self-esteem.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

In Your Face Lights Up the World by Jodi Meltzer, Harper and Hunter's mom sent them outside after they had a huge fight. They build a tall fort to keep her out, and as they play, Hunter discovers a smooth stone with as many sparkles on it as his sister has freckles on her face. Harper is sensitive about her freckles, so she's upset when he uses the stone to count the number of freckles on her cheeks. She finds a stick to use as a magic wand, hoping to get the stone from him, but she comes to the rescue when her brother cries out. After she assesses his injury, he uses the stone to count more of her freckles. Harper tells him he's upsetting her, and Hunter's response shocks and delights her.

Jodi Meltzer takes a fight between two siblings and turns it into a beautiful learning experience. The story serves as a wonderful reminder that an action you see as upsetting may be part of a miscommunication. Harper was self-conscious about her freckles, and she believed her brother was using his stone to point out her flaws. However, Hunter showed her his true intentions, and it changed her view of her freckly cheeks. Meltzer's story turns a disagreement into brotherly support, showing a strong bond between the siblings, even though they may disagree at times. The book could be shared by siblings who have just had a fight or read to a child whose self-esteem is low because of a perceived physical difference from peers. Caregivers who enjoy sharing books about positive family interactions will enjoy Your Face Lights Up the World.