Everybody Has a Body

Feiwel & Friends. Aug. 2023. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250854445.
Gr 1-2–What may seem a trite title at first turns out to be quite the opposite. The story opens with a basic premise we can all agree upon. Bodies come with the standard equipment that make them work: hearts, lungs, brain, other necessary organs, and the familiar shape of the human contour. Bodies vary enormously beyond those basic characteristics. Skin color, overall stature, gender, hair color, eye color, all combine to make everyone unique in specific ways. The standard equipment allows for movement, singing, dancing, climbing, running, sitting, and observing. Young or old, everyone is a human being who ages over time and follows different interests and desires. The art is engaging and showcases the wide spectrum of fellow humans with varied, lively vignettes and spreads. The energetic art engages readers and makes the point that that what makes an individual is not the appearance and equipment, but what one does with it.
VERDICT This positive look at the differences we see and enjoy everywhere we look every day is an important viewpoint that should help children see differences that are to be celebrated in every corner of our world.

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