ShineAuthor: Dagny Griffin

Publisher: Tyndale House

Release Date: March 3, 2020

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

A interesting, unique little book that opens lots of conversations with kids!

One person has the power to change the world and no one shows that better than eight-year-old Mia. As she makes her way through a cold, grey city, she shines a little joy on people and places, giving them color along the way. As those affected by her joy begin to take on color, they continue the pattern by coloring more of the world around them.

This is an interesting concept as it is a picture book without any words. As Mia begins her day, she is happy, excited, and full of love. As she goes out each day, she spreads her love and brings color to an otherwise grey world. I really enjoyed the concept of this book and getting to explain it to my four-year-old as we flipped the pages along. There is one person in the book who refuses to accept any of Mia’s joy and stays grey. She also works against Mia by taking away other people’s joy. I’m not fully sure what she is supposed to represent. Maybe it is showing that even though you have found happiness, not everyone will accept it from you as it has to be a personal choice? Or maybe she represents someone specific? Even so, it is a book that my son loves to pick up and he even took it as his favorite book for preschool show and tell!

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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