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  • Writer's pictureMelinda Cropsey

Breadcrumbs Best Book: I Like Myself, by Karen Beaumont + illustrated by David Catrow

(2004) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, New York, NY.

Karen Beaumont’s I Like Myself is a delightful celebration of what it means to be alive and comfortable in your own skin! The story’s playful protagonist, brought to life by the inimitable David Catrow, pulsates with positivity! She is happy with her unique bio-body suit and all that resides within:

“I like me on the inside, too, for all I think and say and do.”

Helping children to develop self-compassion and a positive self-concept is critically important and yet it is often misconstrued as selfish or narcissistic. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. According to Doc Childre, one of the lead researchers at the Institute of HeartMath:

“To have self-compassion is not an act of selfishness; it’s an act of intelligence, heart intelligence… self compassion nurtures us with a non-judgemental acceptance and a deeper understanding of our self… compassionate self-love is not ego infatuation; it’s an intelligent and regenerative self-maintenance practice.”*

I Like Myself gets Breadcrumbs’ “Top-Shelf” as a wonderful tool for introducing and reinforcing this all-important topic to your unique little gift from the stars!

* Childre, Doc, (2016). Heart Intelligence, Waterfront Press, pp. 238-239.


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