Book Review: The Dirt Girl by Jodi Dee

When Zafera goes to school for the first time, all the children laugh and tease. But, Zafera does not understand so she just smiles. A beautiful story about shining bright no matter what, because our differences are our greatest gifts. And if you do, others will eventually see. Now available on Amazon! Zafera is a normal, beautiful little girl, yet she often has dirt on her hands and twigs in her hair. When Zafera goes to school for the first time, all the children stare and tease. Find out how she becomes the most popular girl in school!


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What an amazing book! Who doesn’t like the story of an outsider who is finally understood and accepted? The Dirt Girl teaches that being different is not only okay, but it’s a gift.

Zafera is a remarkable girl whose parents teach her all about living with nature. When she starts school, she doesn’t understand that the boys and girls at school are making fun of her, so she just smiles. The children don’t understand why she’s always so happy! Eventually, they decide that they want to find out why Zafera is so different.

This story of acceptance, kindness, and friendship is one I look forward to reading to my grandchildren. It has bright and colorful illustrations to go along with the educational but sweet story.

About the Author

Jodi Dee is a multi-award winning Author, regular columnist for Bay State Parent Magazine, and an avid blogger. She is a mother of three with more than 20 years’ experience in early childhood and education. Jodi has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology & History and a Master’s in Education from Clark University. She is a passionate advocate and teacher of emotional maturity, early childhood education, and empowering children to learn through creativity, autonomy, self-exploration, and discovery.
Jodi grew up in a rich learning environment with an Early Childhood Center/Preschool attached to her home, which her mother ran for over thirty years. Jodi spent her first eighteen years participating in, helping, facilitating, and supporting the Center.
Jodi’s immersion in this field sparked her passion for early childhood education, Emotional Intelligence, maturity, and self-awareness. After reading three children books for almost a decade, Jodi felt frustrated there were so few children’s books that dealt with real life experiences, especially navigating feelings and social development. This frustration let to Jodi writing children’s books.
For more information visit “Author Jodi Dee” or “Jodi Dee” on Amazon, all social media platforms, her blog at


4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Dirt Girl by Jodi Dee

  1. beth November 14, 2020 / 8:40 am

    This sounds like a beautiful story


    • sleepygirl2 November 14, 2020 / 10:45 am

      It is! Now that I have grandkids, I’m reading a lot more children’s books. Some of them, like this one, are amazing.

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      • beth November 14, 2020 / 1:02 pm

        I have a personal collection of them , some of my favorite books

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