Baba is a gentle soul who loves helping others. However, spelling confuses him, maths puzzles him, and he will never be a sports hero or one of the popular crowd. Then, something special happens to make Baba realize that he too has qualities that make him lovable to those around him. The story celebrates compassion, self-confidence, and the healing power of friendship.
About the Author
Since she was a child, University of Findlay graduate student and children’s book author/illustrator Hitomi Otani has been an avid reader. Her mother, she recalled, belonged to a picture book club when Otani was little, where the books were brought to their front door on a monthly basis. Being raised in an environment in which she was surrounded by creativity – her mother writes Japanese poetry and her late father painted – created in her a thirst for expression. By her own admittance, she was not a particularly artistic child; but, since she had nearly unlimited access to books and art supplies, she read and drew quite a lot.
Otani described Be Yourself, Baba as a “book about kindness,” and one that should foster understanding in those who read it. When Baba hopes to make friends with Hana, the most popular, smartest girl in school, his friend advises Baba to do something great in front of Hana to impress her. Baba tries to find what he is good at and to show how great he can be. Failing all attempts, Baba has difficulty dealing with his self-esteem. At the end of the book, however, a big surprise will make him realize that he has a precious quality that is unique to him.
- Format: Paperback, 30 pages
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 9789811115189