“Janine” by Maryann Cocca-Leffler. (Book Review) |

Dolly tried to give herself the Janine hairdo while she was reading it … Looks much cuter on Janine! 😉

Join the party Janine is throwing, everyone is invited! This is a thoughtful, charming story that follows our heroine Janine. She’s quirky, spectacled, multiple ponytailed, she has a style and mind of her own, and a few unusual talents and skills. Some kids at school are not impressed that she knows the meaning of big words in the dictionary, sings loud on the bus or remembers strange facts like the steps from the classroom to the gym. They say some not nice things, “You are STRANGE! You have to CHANGE!”, and decide to exclude her from a party. But some of the amazing traits Janine possesses is that though any snickering at her or mean words spoken to her, she radiates happiness, keeps her self confidence in tact and never changes the thoughtful way she treats and includes others. Janine celebrates her differences, believes she is spectacular, and although she believes she is her own biggest cheerleader, it may be us reading the book!

One of the things Dolly loved most about this story is the friendly, colorful and intricate illustrations that depict a playground full of diverse characters that may very well mirror your child’s own situation at school. Author Maryann Cooca-Leffler has created a book that should be in every classroom, based on her real-life fearless and heroic, delightful daughter Janine. This book is the perfect way to teach others about embracing their classmates’ differences, and being proud of beating to their own drum; being unique is what makes us interesting! This is a book your child will love to read, while they’ll be listening to a fantastic message about focusing on abilities, not disabilities, and promoting kindness and tolerance to others. Join the party at www.janinesparty.com !

Title: Janine.
Author: Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company
Release Date: March 1, 2015
Pages: 32