The importance of role models for children cannot be overemphasized and children's literature is a wonderful avenue for providing real-life examples for kids to experience and learn from. In the book, Grant's Huge Choice the main character is faced with a dilemma: conform to a teacher's arbitrary standard or stand alone for what makes him a unique individual.
I love the interaction between Grant and his father and the healthy interaction modeled there. Grant's father takes an active, interested role in his son's life and when Grant comes to his dad for help, he doesn't just tell Grant what to do but helps Grant make the decision for himself. Young readers will be inspired by Grant's willingness to carefully consider his options and make a decision that is not necessarily popular. I hope this book also inspires fathers to be more like Grant's father: listening well and taking the time to instruct, guide, and then allowing Grant the freedom to make the final decision.
The illustrations within the book are vibrant and eye-catching. I like that the pages with writing are on a solid colored background (not on top of the illustrations) making it easier for readers to focus on the words without distraction.
In the book, Grant is wearing a shirt with "Sawubona Culture" on it. If you'd like to learn more about what that means, you can check out the Sawubona Culture website. What an inspiration to see how the author and his wife are making a positive difference within their community!
This book would make a great starting point for children to talk to their parents about cultural differences and ethnic uniqueness. Perhaps even research ancestors and where they originally lived. This would make a wonderful addition to any school or public library. You can purchase your copy on Amazon (affiliate link).
Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of Grant's Huge Choice from the author for the purpose of review through Reedsy Discovery. The opinions expressed are my own.
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