Book Title: Children Who Dance in the Rain by Susan Justice
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-8), 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Compassion Project Press
Release date: May 2023
Content Rating: G for all kids.
Sophie gets bored quickly and won’t even eat her food without looking at her tablet. She’s thrilled to hear of her family’s upcoming trip to a magical place called India, a land she’s only heard of in stories. Once there, she quickly realizes that the underprivileged children living in the mud colony possess a joy and contentment she can’t explain. Sophie sets out on a journey of discovery, but what she finds may change her world forever. This tale about the true meaning of happiness and the power of gratitude is based on true events.
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Sophie doesn’t appreciate how easy her life is. When she goes to India to visit her grandmother, however, she meets children who live in squalor. One girl works hard just to feed her brother. But these children have a strong faith, and they know how to celebrate life. When Sophie goes home, she’s a changed girl. She realizes how lucky she is and eventually becomes a doctor and goes back to India to help underprivileged children.
This is a sweet story with colorful illustrations by Lena Bardy. It teaches children about another part of the world where children aren’t as privileged as the children here, but they still do their best to get by. I thought the ending was especially compelling. Maybe a child will read this and be inspired!
About the Author
Susan, a legal advocate for children’s rights, has long harbored a dream of crafting a tale that would empower young readers to understand and champion the rights of their peers. Drawing upon her own experiences as a young person comprehending privilege, she was inspired to write a book that would not only entertain but also inspire her readers to consider pressing social issues and to actively strive to make the world a better place for all children.
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