The dialogue, simple language, and bits of repetition make this story accessible to read independently for ages 6-8 and fun as a read aloud for ages 3 and above. My favorite line from the book was:
“No one could do everything. But everyone could do something.”
The illustrations by Ana Ramirez Gonzalez are colorful and cheerful. I enjoyed learning that Ana grew up in Guanajuato, Mexico and lives in Oakland, California. She worked on the movie, Coco, and illustrated the companion picture book Coco: Miguel and the Grand Harmony by Matt de la Pena.
The last pages of the book include an author’s note and photographs of the girls. This is a wonderful story celebrating girl power and the strength of community. I recommend it as an addition to your home or classroom library. This would make an excellent gift especially at this historic moment of Senator Kamala Harris being the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States.
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The colorful illustrations are inviting for young children. Children will recognize themselves in this book as it is both racially diverse and inclusive of different abilities. The book includes a man with a visual impairment being assisted by his guide dog, a boy wearing noise canceling headphones, a boy with a prosthetic leg, a doctor using crutches, and folks using wheelchairs. Men cook, women do yard work, and children take action to make their community a better place for all! And here’s an extra fun addition…there’s an animal that appears throughout the book that little ones can try to find.
I highly recommend this engaging, vibrant sing along from Barefoot Books for ages 2-6. The addition of the endnotes make it a great gift for siblings.
Beyond the Books
Discussion Questions (recommended for ages 4 and above):
- What do these books have in common?
- What’s different about each of them?
- Do any of the characters remind you of yourself or someone you know? Share what you notice and what you or they have in common.
- Have you ever wanted to create or change something in your home? In your neighborhood? In your school? In your town?
- Choose something you would like to create or change.
- Make a plan.
- Share it with your family if it’s something you want to change in your home.
- If you want to create or change something in your neighborhood, school, or town research the issue and gather facts. Ask adults for help if you need to.
- Write a letter to someone who can help with the change you want to make. You can use Kamala and Maya’s letter as an example. Explain why you think something needs to change and how that can happen. What is your
- Ask your friends and family to sign your letter or write their own letters.
- Persist! Celebrate when you reach your goal!