Mama kissed Adri on the top of his head.
"There's only one you in this great big world," she said.
"Make it a better place."
I am on the Character Education Committee at my school and we have chosen a book each month to celebrate a different character trait. We also have a book that is the touchstone text for the entire year: One by Kathryn Otoshi. Only One You, by Linda Kranz, is our choice for June and the character trait "Pride." It is the perfect punctuation mark on a year of books that we've read to start conversations about character. It feels a bit like a circular ending because in One, we learn that "it only takes one" to make changes. In Only One You, we celebrate that you are unique and you can make a difference in the world.
I love that this is our June book for many reasons. The deep blue ocean background and brightly colored fish scream SUMMER. It is also perfect for graduates since advice is offered as the fish is about to leave his home to make his own way in the world. The front and back inside covers are filled with colorful, wise advice like, "Love with your whole heart" and Test the waters- then dive in!" Any one of these pieces of advice would be great for classroom glitter boards that feature wise words for students to celebrate. This is a great book to give as a gift to someone you love as they embark upon a new challenge.