Friday, September 11, 2015

The Ugly Dumpling book review

"The Ugly Dumpling" written by Stephanie Campisi and illustrated by Shahar Kober is a wonderful book that retells the story of The Ugly Duckling. Being left alone and uneaten like his fellow dumplings, the ugly dumpling feels out of sorts and miserable. When a spirited cockroach shows the dumpling how amazing life can be the ugly dumpling realizes that there is beauty all around him. I fell in love with this story from the first page, Campisi's prose ensnared me and Kober's illustrations wrapped me up in a blanket of whimsy and vibrant delight. This book was charming and fun, seeing the restaurant from the eyes of the ugly dumpling and the cockroach was so fresh and added the perfect amount of adventure to the story. Kober was able to portray ideally what the story was all about, from the expressions on the face of the dumplings, the restaurant patrons, to the authentic restaurant scenery.

What also makes this book fantastic is the message that so beautifully comes across through the pages. It's hard being different, the ugly dumpling shows you that everyone is beautiful in their own right and diversity should be embraced. This story encourages being a loving person, self-love and loving others despite their differences and the peer pressure that you may be facing. I find this message to be so important and relevant to today's society. This book would be a great addition to any classroom and school library. I think that the early childhood age group will highly enjoy this book. This sweet story can be used in themes on fairy tales, diversity, bullying, Chinese New Year, emotions, and for both language arts and social studies. I highly recommend this story which will be available on April 7, 2016 from Mighty Media Kids.

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