This attractive work will be welcomed by readers searching for guidance and hope.

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PRIDE

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY

LGBTQ culture and rights are covered through the prism of Pride in this timely work.

Beginning with gay history, Stevenson explains how Pride events began as a way to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots but have gradually shifted from focusing on gay liberation toward a celebration of gay pride. Yet while Pride events are held all over the world, whether small parades or weeklong celebrations, there are still struggles within the LGBTQ community and against those who identify as LGBTQ. But with the work of activists of all ages, Pride and LGBTQ rights can prevail against homophobia and other forms of discrimination. Using Pride as a way to talk about LGBTQ gives the information a new slant, yet Stevenson may confuse readers by vacillating between subjectivity and objectivity. She frequently uses the personal pronoun, flipping, even within a paragraph, from “some people wanted” to “we should,” muddying the waters a bit: is this a memoir or a piece of cultural and historical nonfiction? The appropriately rainbow-themed design features plentiful photographs, both black-and-white and color, in a lively design. They’ve been carefully chosen to highlight the diversity within the community, from First Nations drummers in a Vancouver parade to an Asian man holding hands with a white man in an Oslo celebration.

This attractive work will be welcomed by readers searching for guidance and hope. (glossary, references, resources, index, acknowledgments, author's note) (Nonfiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: April 19, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4598-0993-2

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Orca

Review Posted Online: Jan. 20, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2016

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UNDERSTANDING MYSELF

A KID'S GUIDE TO INTENSE EMOTIONS AND STRONG FEELINGS

Facile pop-psychology from a clinical psychologist with the credentials to know better. Assigning a chapter each to a select range of feelings—nearly all of them painful or negative ones, such as guilt, fear or anger, with but one shorter chapter allotted to the likes of love and joy—Lamia offers generalizations about what emotional responses look and feel like, typical circumstances that might cause them to arise and superficial insights (“Negative or worried thoughts spoil a good mood”). She also offers bland palliative suggestions (“Forgive yourself and move on”), self-quizzes, sound-bite comments in the margins from young people and, in colored boxes labeled “Psych Notes,” relevant research abstracts from cited but hard-to-obtain professional sources. Aside from a mildly discouraging view of “Infatuation,” she isn’t judgmental or prescriptive, but her overview is so cursory that she skips the stages of grief, makes no distinction between disgust and contempt and barely takes notice of depression. Teens and preteens might come away slightly more self-aware, but they won’t find either motivation or tools to help them cope with major upset. (Self-help. 12-16)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-4338-0890-6

Page Count: 112

Publisher: Magination/American Psychological Association

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2010

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This probing psychological journey makes for an exciting exploration in empathy.

I WISH

This Dutch import pairs portraits with poetry to articulate wrenching individualism, yearning, humor, desires, and pathos.

Transfixing faces—mostly pale, all moon-shaped and with unsettlingly wide-set eyes—conjure mildly unnerving sensations in readers, who will seek to understand, empathize, or at least interpret their expressions. These faces aren’t posing or posturing; they’re flat on the page, laid bare. Older children and teens, in particular, keenly aware of feelings, faces, and masks, will dwell upon these ambiguous, baffling visages. Colmer’s sensitive translation emerges as crucial, as the pictures’ powerful poignancy begs for explanation. Voiced in the first person, one of Tellegen’s poems appears opposite each portrait, expressing the characters’ deeply personal wishes and ringing with their unique phrasing and particular timbre. “I wish happiness was a thing and I / found it somewhere and took it home with me,” confides Carl, one of the book’s few kids of color. Piero, a white boy, grumbles, “I would like first of all to express my sincere thanks / to whoever gave me my looks. / I mean: IN-sincere. / Because I look horrible.” The kids’ names are printed close to the book’s gutter, bridging language and art. These many portraits and poems beg to be leafed through and read in several sittings, as they house too much emotional energy to digest in one read.

This probing psychological journey makes for an exciting exploration in empathy. (Picture book/poetry. 12-16)

Pub Date: March 31, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-939810-32-8

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Elsewhere Editions

Review Posted Online: Jan. 12, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2020

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