AUTHOR: LAUREL LORENZINI
ILLUSTRATOR: AMANDA LETCHER
PUBLISHER: TWO FLOWER PRESS
AGE RECOMMENDED: 5+
The story Baggage is about a child named Micha who always carries a wagon filled with bags labelled with emotions like fear or sadness. Despite being surrounded by kind people who invite Micha to play, sing, and have adventures, Micha refuses to participate. She regrets missing out on a kickball game, karaoke, and a boat ride, yet she holds to the bag tightly. This is because Micha is afraid of losing sight of the bags and missing the opportunity to address the emotions they contain. Micha’s fear of losing out on the chance to confront these emotions causes them to miss out on the fun and joy of life. But one day something unexpected happens and will she let go of her bags or will she run behind them?
“Baggage” is a book with beautiful illustrations, which tells a story about overcoming worries and anxieties. The book carries a great message and serves as a great conversation starter for parents and kids to discuss the things that can hold us back in life. Sometimes, we carry our fears throughout life, and it greatly affects our overall happiness.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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