Benjamin's Blue Feet

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Benjamin's Blue Feet
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
July 14, 2020
ISBN
978-1772781113
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A young bird with a flair for discovery and invention learns self-acceptance one blue-footed step at a time.

Benjamin the blue-footed booby is coming of age in his flock’s world of flying, diving, swimming, and fishing. But he already has a unique gift: treasure-hunting. One day, after finding a mirror, Benjamin becomes convinced that his beak is too long, his wings are too wide, and his feet are too big and blue. He decides to use his treasures to change himself.

But without his beak, wings, and feet, is he even a blue-footed booby anymore?

Illustrated with Sue Macartney’s lively, light graphic art style, Benjamin’s Blue Feet is a playful, jovial picture book about self-image and self-worth. Packed with humor and heart, it is sure to become a new storytime favorite.

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self-acceptance, body image, and the environment
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
BENJAMIN'S BLUE FEET is a picture book that deals with body image and insecurity. Benjamin is a blue-footed booby and loves to hunt for treasures on the beach. One day, he finds a shiny "twink-um-doodle" (mirror), and he is surprised to see himself. As he looks in the mirror, he notices how different his body is from the other animals, such as his beak being long and narrow compared to the warbler's short beak.

He uses his other treasures to transform his body, but when he goes for a swim to catch fish, he finds that his feet are perfect for swimming and his beak is perfect for catching fish. The book ends with him accepting himself as he is.

What I loved: This is a simple but important message about body image and self-acceptance. Benjamin is an easily likable character that will appeal to young children. The amount of text on each pages is great for a wide range of ages, and I appreciated the word art with key blue-colored words. There is also some back matter about pollution in the oceans, as Benjamin's treasures are actually trash that has washed ashore that can add to the discussion sparked by the book. I also really enjoyed the front matter with the animals of the Galapagos featured.

Final verdict: BENJAMIN'S BLUE FEET is a cute read with some great themes. This book would be great to begin some discussions about body image, self-acceptance, and environmentalism.
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