Love Your Amazing Self
Joyful Verses for Young Voices
by Ofosu Jones-Quartey
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Pub Date 22 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 22 Nov 2022
Storey Publishing, Storey Publishing, LLC
Average rating from 35 members
Oh my heart. What a lovely book, the words, the art and the feelings. All of it, just beautiful. Thank you very much for sharing this with me, I am a yoga teacher and look forward to sharing passages from this book with all my students once it’s released. While the book is categorically a children’s book, I believe it will speak to the child within all of us and remind us of who we truly were before the world told us what we had to be. Bravo, this really is a work of art.
Bold colorful illustrations accompany the meaningful verse and ideas in Love Your Amazing Self by Ofosu Jones-Quartey. Each section addresses a way of discovering self-esteem and pride in who you are. Some of the topics covered are mindfulness, resilience, asking for help, and kindness. It is an excellent addition to a child's library and will foster many insightful conversations at home and in school. Highly recommended!
Advanced copy gifted by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
What I wouldn't have given for this book earlier in my life--at any point.
Love Your Amazing Self is a powerful collection of lyrical verse that I intend to make a regular component of our home education in my house. The verses in this book coupled with the gorgeous, vibrant illustrations create a mesmerizing invitation to grounding oneself within the present moment.
When I was a child, I loved Yellow Submarine and wished I could transport myself inside that world, living in the artwork. This book gave me that same feeling of wonder and imagination, and I sincerely wish I jump inside its pages for a little while. Though I can't do that, I can attest to how successful the verses and images are at instilling peace in the reader--I was rather wound up when I initially read Love Your Amazing Self. I am not the best at winding down and falling asleep, and mildly anxious is my default setting. Within just a few pages, I felt present and connected to myself, able to fully relax.
I was particularly impressed by the text going beyond surface level mindfulness, introducing the idea of impermanence. I wonder what receiving such a powerful message as a younger person would have done for my self awareness and spiritual growth.
I am very much looking forward to purchasing a physical copy of this book in November. Sharing it with my children will be a joy.
I loved this book. I wish I had it when I was younger. This book takes all of the big feelings and big life events and breaks them down so younger children can understand them. The illustrations were both captivating and calming. I especially appreciated the guided exercises and know I can incorporate those into my lessons. I will definitely be buying this book for my class library. This book will foster self love and connection to others in a way I wish I had learned about growing up.
I think sometimes even adults could use some of the info and advice given in this book. The colors were bright, engaging, and the text was also really easy to read. Interbeing, self-care, and life and death were all dealt with in this book. I did skip over the text that was too small and all on one page, so I think just the colors and the large fonts would keep the text more engaging. Awesome book! Would like to add this to my library collection at my elementary school.
This poetry collection is all about self-love, kindness, and resilience. It is great for both kids and adults with an uplifting message and plenty of affirmations. I read it out loud with my two year old. While I’m sure a lot of it went over his head, he learned some new words and was receptive to the positivity. It tackles the topics of handling difficult emotions and even death, in a way that I think is easier to grasp for the kiddos and a optimistic reminder for adults. This is a good one to have on your shelf to brighten moods!
I really like that the author tells readers why they should do something, not just tells them what to do with no explanation. Everyone who reads this will appreciate knowing how an action will help them (e.g. writing a "grateful for" list and knowing how it will make life better). The text is very uplifting, motivating, and interactive. It also has interesting rhyming and big words with definitions. It also helps readers understand emotions and mental health. People of all ages will learn something from this book that will make their everyday lives better.
I enjoyed reading this amazing children’s picture book about self-love and respect. It is imperative for children (and adults) to have a positive self -image to maintain good emotional health and happiness. I appreciate the positive affirmations and the activities in this book to reinforce a positive inner voice.
I enjoyed the combination of mandalas and 1970’s art, they bright, vibrant, cheerful, and encouraging.
The rhyming prose was creative and fun. It lifted my spirits and put me in a cheerful mood.
I can see this book being integrated into a social studies learning module in an elementary or secondary classroom. I think it would improve attitudes, lighten moods, and deepen interpersonal relationships. The book would also be a nice addition to any household
I can also imagine that even high school students and adults could use the concepts and activities in this book to improve their self-esteem. I’m planning to check the possibility of sharing similar activities with adults in assisted living situations, Alzheimer’s patients, and Bible Study groups. Maybe you could too!
One of my many favorite phrases in this book is: “Everything about you is what makes you special. Remember to speak kindly to yourself the same way you speak to people you love.” I am grateful for this book as I feel the message will make the world a better place, one reader at a time.
I want to thank Author Ofosu Jones-Quartey, Illustrator Ndubisi Okoye, Storey Publishing, and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this Advanced Reader’s Copy. This is a voluntary review, and all comments and opinions are entirely my own.
Thank you to NetGalley and Storey Publishing for the opportunity to read an advanced reader's copy of this book for an honest review. (Publish Date: November 22, 2022)
“Love Your Amazing Self” by Ofoso Jones-Quartey was truly inspiring, and I was so happy that I read it with my 8-year-old daughter, because it provoked some good conversations about why self-love and being kind to others no matter the circumstance is so important.
I loved the versatility of this book, because it could be spoken, recited, or sung aloud. I chose to read the story out load, but my daughter would chime in by singing some of the larger words that were woven into the illustrations. I plan to read this book again but by singing the all the words next time.
Every page of the book was vibrant and colorful - which held my daughter’s interest throughout the entire story. I would absolutely recommend this book to children, teens, and adults because the message is so powerful and uplifting!
Book Review : Love Your Amazing Self by Ofosu Jones-Quartey and illustrated by Ndubisi Okoyu.
This upcoming book is a lyrical verse that offers a unique entry point to mindfulness and self-empowerment. It gives a positive attitude to look things and accept the things or people as they are apart from trying to change them.
Do we ever introspect ourselves who we are or why we are ? The answer comes 'NO' . So why we don't take a pause and appreciate for what we are and thank GOD for making us as we are. It gives a clear illustration that no one is perfect and try to look things differently.
This book adds short reflections and activities to embody the messages provided in the book , strengthen one's self-confidence and bring joy into our lives.
This book is meant for kids 7 and up but I personally feel everyone to read this book atleast once . Stop being an adult each time . Stop and behave like a kid to know yourself and allow yourself to be happy. Enjoy the present moment as this will never be back again. Leave your grudges and free yourself to live and your soul smile and enjoy every bit of this precious life. Life is impermanence and accept it soon to be happy ever after.
I am thankful to netgalley and Storey publishing to give me a chance to read this incredible book in return of an honest review.
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I loved this book! As children and as adults, it's so important to love yourself. I want to purchase this book for my son's book collection as well as for his classroom. I read this to my son and he loved it too.
I would definitely recommend this book to people who often find it hard to love themselves or to see themselves as a person who deserves to be loved. This book is amazing & is one of the positive highlights of my day today. This is a book I will definitely reread when I am feeling down
I love how it teaches the reader that you have to love yourself first & foremost before even thinking about other people. The self-love is just as important as loving the people you surround yourself with. It even gives you tips & exercises on how to love yourself. That you should also treat yourself with kindness. Don't be to hard on yourself as everyone makes mistakes.
I love how this book teaches you not to judge other people but to say just even to yourself they everyone else is just like you. And just like you they need acceptance, understanding, & love. That you should treat other people the way you want them to treat you.
This book teaches you take everyone & everything is connected to each other. This book also teaches you that nothing last forever & that it is okay to let go of your negative emotions like anger, jealousy. Lastly, it teaches you that it is okay to ask for help from other people. Because asking for help is how you learn to do things. Like how as a small child your parents/guardians helped to learn how to walk, talk, read, write, how to feed yourself, & many more. Asking for help is something I have a hard time of doing.
Most importantly go & have fun out in the world.
This book is really lovely. I love the author’s welcome message where she shared that she received a lot of messages as a child about being kind to others, but none about being kind to herself. What a wonderful reason to write a book for young people. The illustrations in this are beautiful. I love the colors. There are a variety of great messages and exercises in this book. I really feel that this book would be a valuable tool to return to again and again. It could easily become a treasured book in a child or family’s life. I would absolutely recommend this to parents and teachers. I believe it would be worthwhile to read through it once to familiarize yourself with the contents and then be prepared to say, “hey, this situation reminds me of [blank] from Love Your Amazing Self. Let’s look at it and remember what it said.” Or “try the exercise we read about”. I wish I had grown up in a culture where the messages in this book were commonplace and I’m excited that many kids today will!
Oh how I wished I had this book growing up. Actually would still have a place in my home library.
The poetry combined with mindfulness is just a treat for the soul. The bright joyful images are like icing on cake. Such beautiful reminders that you are important and it's okay to take time to check in with yourself. Just a fabulous book filled with tips and encouragement that being you is better then good enough.
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