- A Story That Helps Kids Embrace Who They Are -
“He squeaked in the daytime and squeaked through the night. / He squeaked so much it gave him a fright!”
Rusty doesn’t like his squeak so he can’t like himself. Belle, who is also a robot but shaped like a bell, is happy but she has a “dinging” sound that she deals with. She assures Rusty that she will try to help him with his squeaking. She then asks him to follow her.
They head off with a DING and a SQUEAK. They meet Hoot who is also happy but dealing with a HONK.
“Let’s all loosen up, have fun and play. / Enjoy yourself, Rusty. It’s a much better way!”says Hoot. Together they travel on with a HONK, DING, and SQUEAK. But will Rusty ever find the help he needs to be happy with his squeak?
What Concerned Me: At times this text felt hard to read.
What I Liked Most: While Rusty wasn’t able to change, he was able to own his individuality and embrace diversity. It’s a story of friendship, empathy, diversity, and understanding. Young kids will no doubt enjoy making the sounds each robot makes.
Author/Illustrator: Neil Clark
- Approx Words: 289
- Ages: 3 - 6
- Pages: 32
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