The Day You Begin’ by Jacqueline Woodson is a heartwarming story that celebrates diversity, encourages self-acceptance, and promotes empathy. This review explores the powerful message of the book, highlighting the importance of embracing our differences and finding the courage to share our stories. With beautiful illustrations and lyrical prose, ‘The Day You Begin’ is a must-read for children and adults alike, reminding us that our individuality makes us truly special.
Patrice Badami 0:00
Hi, this is Patrice Badami, with Acorn to Tree children’s book review. And today I have a book called The day you begin. And it’s by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Raphael Lopez. It’s a beautiful book. That you know, in this book, I want to read to you what the cover says. So you have an idea of what it is. There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. There are lots of reasons to feel different. It could be how you look or talk or where you’re from. It may be where you eat or something random. Whatever it is, it’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody knows you, but somehow you do it. Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and raffia Lopez are stunning art that celebrates the bravery it takes to go forth even when you feel like an outsider. And they remind us that sometimes when we reach out and begin to share our story, others will be happy to meet us halfway. So it’s just a great book, helping a child to assimilate into a new classroom, a new community, a new something, anything new where they have to maybe even a team sports team helps them to understand that a lot of people have their anxieties about beginning a new part in their life. Still, this book will give them the strength to do so. Jacqueline Woodson illustrated by Raphael Lopez, and this book will help a child to realize that whatever makes them unique, their different experiences are valid and vital to express and share with others so people can get to know them better. So the day you begin, Jacqueline Woodson Rafael Lopez says the illustrations