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Stella and Paige are 7-year-old fraternal twins who don't look alike and have very different personalities and interests. Yet even so, people constantly compare them or comment about how strange it is that they're not more similar. This has Stella feeling frustrated. They may be twins, but that doesn't make them the same person.
Stella wishes people would see her for who she is, and not just as "Stella and Paige" or as "one of the twins." All of the comparing and contrasting leaves Stella confused about her own identity-who is she outside of her sibling relationship? She also wonders if perhaps she doesn't measure up to her sister, Paige.
Can Stella find a way to accept and value herself for who she is, and realize that she and Paige can each be their own, special and unique people, and still be twins?
- Perfect for kids are trying to find where they belong.
- Teaches the importance of honoring, accepting and celebrating our differences and unique selves in all kinds of relationships.
- Great resource to help young readers with feelings of value and worth.
- Helpful for kids struggling with identity and self-esteem challenges.
- Ideal for ages 4-10
Some Reviews of The Only Me:
"An engaging celebration of self-love from the perspective of a twin." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Fabulous resource to point out that we are all unique and different in our own special way...I love how this book also teaches young readers of acceptance, inclusion, confidence and growth. Very well written and a positive message and reminder to all!" -- SJ, Parent
"The Only Me is a sweet story about a girl named Stella exploring her identity and finding her strengths. As a twin, she feels like she is constantly compared to her sister and sometimes feels less than. She realizes that she has her own identity and with that her own special gifts to offer the world. Kids of all ages will see parts of themselves in her and will love reading this story. Her voice sounds like any young child's and will be relatable for many little ones. A great story with a great lesson." -- Dana, Parent & Teacher
"Marissa Bader's book is the ultimate endorsement for embracing difference and celebrating children's unique selves."
-- Kathleen West, Author
"A beautifully written, kid-friendly story that so eloquently reminds all of us of our own extraordinary uniqueness. It's a book that I could read over and over to both my children and for myself -- empowering humans of all ages to celebrate and embrace our differences." -- Michelle, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Parent
About the Author
Marissa Bader is a Minneapolis-based writer specializing in topics pertaining to mental health and parenthood, and currently serves as the Twins Editor and mental health writer at Lucie's List (a survival guide for new parents). Her writing has also appeared in a variety of publications, including Psychology Today, HuffPost Parents and Twiniversity.com, to name a few. She holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Indiana University, and a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Marissa's first children's book, The Only Me, is inspired by her own three daughters.
Brooke Vitale is a children's book editor and author. She has written dozens of books, including The Magic is in You, Disney Who's Who, Olaf's Journey, and Happy Birthday, Mickey. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two sons. Visit Brooke at brookevitale.com.