This is Felicia! My girls, ages 7 and 5, and I love exploring Houston and we love to read.
This review is of The World Belongs to You by Riccardo Bozzi.
The last time I was in Brazos Bookstore, Mary, one of the lovely ladies that works there, introduced me to this book called The World Belongs to You and with today being Pride Day, I would love to introduce it to you.
I love this book! When Mary handed it to me and said; “This book made a burly man cry”, I knew it was special. In my family, we encourage our children to be kind and considerate, but strong. We always teach them to be who they are and to be friends with everyone, but that even then there are limits. This book is perfect for that. It is actually perfect for anyone and I will now give this book as a gift to a few of my friends.
I knew that it was going home with me after reading the first page of this book. It is a philosophy book written at a children’s level, with simple illustrations that link powerful sentences such as “You are free to love anyone you want. You are free to let love go.” And “You are free to be happy. But it won’t always be easy.” This book will inspire conversation with your child about being happy, being kind, and being true to yourself, while respecting the lives of others. This book will evoke powerful feelings no matter where you are in life.
And that is what today is about. Being happy, and respecting others’s happiness. Being loved and respecting other people’s love. Pride is celebrated in June, one of the hottest months in Houston, to mark the historic Stonewall Riots and is a movement year-round in the LGBT community celebrating who they are. Although, Houston Pride Parade is one of my favorite parades in Houston, it makes me sad that some of my friends have to celebrate overcoming discrimination from family, friends and strangers. I hope my children never have to and I am glad that they are growing up in a world that is more accepting. With children’s books like this in circulation, it changes the world making people become more informed at an earlier age to be respectful of each other.
I will see you guys at the parade. I will be with the cute sailor girl and Dorothy.
To get your own copy of the book, go HERE. Or, better yet, shop local and head to Brazos Bookstore. If you mention you saw this review on BigKidSmallCity, you will get a discount... and get to read the book immediately!