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Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite
Children should learn about diversity from the time they first begin to socialize. At some point, they will either meet people with disabilities, or they may feel different from other children. Parents must explain the subject to them as simply as possible. Marky the Magnificent Fairy by Cynthia Kern OBrien will teach children about empathy and enable parents to discuss diversity with their children. The story concerns a fairy named Marky. Unlike her friends, she cannot fly because one of her wings is too small. However, she loves her wings and knows they are beautiful just the way they are. Some forest creatures tease her about her small wing and her appearance. But Marky begins to talk to them about her qualities and dreams. She also describes how her friends are different and are just as magnificent as she is.
It is often difficult to explain disabilities to children and answer their questions. I liked this story because it is perfect for children to learn how to relate to the world. Marky the Magnificent Fairy is focused on promoting equality and kindness. Cynthia Kern OBrien uses simple language to help children understand differences and disabilities more readily. She also includes questions to promote discussion and reflect on children's behavior in relation to others and how to get them to accept themselves. Parents are also catered for with a guide at the end of the book that will give adults ideas on how to teach their children about people with disabilities. This book will help many children to believe in themselves and to treat others equally.