We love this review of Dare by Erin Hamilton for Armadillo magazine! Read it below!
I love the simplicity of the words and pictures matched with the powerful message to all children in this book.
There are so many amazing books about girls and boys who have dared to be different, and they are wonderful for older readers. This book allows younger children to share a similar message about being brave, being bold and being you!
The words and pictures are accessible, easy to read and understand but what this book is doing is sending a powerful message to children to dare to do things. Children need to explore their world, understand their emotions, and speak up when they don’t like things. Children have a natural curiosity and let’s be honest, no filter. They see things in an honest way, and they question it! We all need to dare to do things we want; protect those we love and dare to be who we truly are.
Adults need to listen to the message in this book as well.
I love the illustrations and their bold colours set alongside black and white sketches. This book would be a brilliant read aloud for all ages. The message isn’t for the very young but for all children and adults too. I think a whole school assembly would be a wonderful way to share this book.
- Read a review by Lecturer in Primary Education Sue McGonigle for Books for Keeps: 5 stars for the exuberant picture book Dare!
- A mum explains why she loves Dare!
- Read a review by teacher Rachael Collins: Dare is a top book to encourage reading for pleasure!
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