The Only Me
by Marissa Bader
Illustrated by Arlene Soto
Stella and Paige are 7-year-old fraternal twins who don't look alike and have very different personalities and interests. Yet even so, people constantly compare them or comment about how strange it is that they're not more similar. This has Stella feeling frustrated. They may be twins, but that doesn’t make them the same person. She also wonders if perhaps she doesn't measure up to her sister, Paige. Can Stella find a way to accept and value herself for who she is, and realize that she and Paige can each be their own, special and unique people, and still be twins?
This is a great book for kids who are trying to find where they belong and how they fit in with others. It teaches us to embrace our differences and see our uniqueness as being something that is wonderful. No matter what, kids are going to compare themselves to others and wonder why they aren’t as good as someone else. This book helps us understand that sometimes you aren’t the best at something but you may be the best at something else. This was the perfect book for my son because as he is now playing sports, the topic of wanting to be better than other kids comes up often. I have to keep reminding him of the moral of this book, you are the only you. Your best doesn’t mean the same thing as someone else's best. And from my daughters favorite TV show - “your best is the best for you”
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