Nancy Tillman celebrates differences in You’re All Kinds of Wonderful

Nancy Tillman You're All Kinds of WonderfulYOU’RE ALL KINDS OF WONDERFUL, by Nancy Tillman, Feiwel & Friends, Oct. 3, 2017, Hardcover, $17.99 (ages 4-8)

If you’re a parent, chances are you own or you’ve at least seen at least one of Nancy Tillman’s books. The author of On the Night You Were Born and Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You has a new book out — You’re All Kinds of Wonderful­ ­­— that celebrates the differences that make people who they are.

You’re All Kinds of Wonderful explores how certain abilities and personalities make us unique. It’s a message that even children younger than the suggested age of 4 can relate to. Children can’t help but notice when someone looks or acts differently than them. This book is a great way to reinforce the Daniel Tiger adage: “In some ways we are different, but in so many ways, we are the same.”

We’re not all the same. Thank goodness we’re not.
Life would be boring, and I mean… a lot.

And so, when we’re born, we’re supplied at the start
with our own bells and whistles to set us apart.

Think of your bells as the things you do best
things tucked away in your own treasure chest.

You’re All Kinds of Wonderful features Tillman’s familiar artwork, which is created digitally using software painting programs. It’s a soft style that blurs the lines between real and imaginary.

Tillman’s text is sweet and endearing, though I did find myself stumbling through a few of the rhymes the first time I read it. Further readings became smoother, but some phrases remain a little off.

Despite my minor issues with the book, I’d still recommend You’re All Kinds of Wonderful. It’s a nice addition to Tillman’s other books.


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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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