Every now and then I come across a book that would make an excellent jumping off point to discuss a sensitive subject with children. It's not always easy getting kids interested enough to sit still and listen to an actual lesson.
SuperKids by Anya Damiron is an educational, yet entertaining book about an important subject that will be sure to capture and hold the attention of just about any child.
Ivan’s parents provide him with an actual cape of his own and he then becomes Super Ivan. When he happens upon a little boy whose super power is unique way of painting Ivan tries it himself, but is unsuccessful. Super Ivan’s parents understand his curiosity and introduce him to many other children who are similar to the little painter.
Although this is a serious subject – children with disabilities - the illustrations of Ivan attempting to grab household items to use as capes are truly funny. I giggled out loud several times. I’m sure kids will think they‘re hilarious. The author then makes a seamless transition from lighthearted to more serious as the book progresses.
While the vocabulary is a little advanced for young children, it works, since it gives adults the opportunity to explain new concepts to children and children can learn as they progress through the book. The illustrations are detailed, colorful and charming.
I honestly think there are too few children’s books that address disabilities. This is something that deserves a lot more discussion, so kudos for Anya Damiron for sharing this story. She does it in an enlightening and appealing manner.
“SuperKids” would make a wonderfully educational circle time book to share in class, or an engaging and informative book for parents to read to kids at home. I highly recommend this book!
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton