Most Perfect You

Most Perfect You
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May 31, 2022
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Jazmyn Simon's debut is a moving love letter to children struggling to accept themselves inside and out—exactly as they are. This gorgeous picture book was inspired by a conversation between the author and her daughter.

I was shown all the smiles in the entire world. I looked at all of the many bright smiles until I found my favorite: your smile.

After comparing herself to other little girls, Irie confides in her mama that she feels something is wrong with her, that she’s not perfect as she is. And so Irie’s mama tells the magical story of how Irie was intentionally and wonderfully made. In fact, Irie is made up of all her mother's favorite things: sparkling eyes, a bright smile, and a kind heart.

Actor and activist Jazmyn Simon's tender picture book emphasizes the unique beauty and strength of all children, encouraging them to love their most perfect selves.

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imaginative and lush picture book
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MOST PERFECT YOU is a lovely story about embracing the things about yourself that are different. Irie comes down in the morning planning to wear a hat - she is sad that her hair doesn't look like the hair of the other girls in her class. Her mother tells her that she picked her out to be the perfect her that she is. When she was pregnant, she asked God to pick a perfect child, and picked the most perfect skin tones, hair colors, and all the special traits of Irie. At the end of the story, Irie regains her self-esteem.

What I loved: This story will resonate with children who may be noticing the ways in which they look different. This book celebrates these differences and the ways they are the perfect versions of themselves. The imaginative story is complimented by whimsical illustrations and plenty of love shared between mother and child. The details, colors, and beauty really capture the ideas of the story and the hearts of readers.

Final verdict: An imaginative story, MOST PERFECT YOU is a charming and lovely picture book that celebrates children as they are.
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