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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Review: One Hundred Percent Me by Renee Macalino Rutledge

One Hundred Percent Me
by Renee Macalino Rutledge
Illustrated by Anita Prades

Thanks so much to Bloom Books for Young Readers for this gifted copy.

Publisher: Bloom Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: May 3, 2022
32 Pages
Genre: Childrens

A heartwarming story about the joys of multicultural families and being mixed race. One Hundred Percent Me takes readers (ages 4 to 8) along as a young girl explores and accepts her unique identity.

It can be confusing to be a child of mixed race. As the little girl moves through daily life in the big city, she hears some people say she looks more like her Puerto Rican dad, while others claim she takes after her Filipina mom. Should she favor one identity over the other? No! In fact, honoring every facet of her identity equally becomes the main character’s favorite affirmation. This beautifully illustrated book about celebrating differences, claiming our belonging, and acknowledging our heritage encourages all readers to embrace the fact that we are all 100% ourselves.

My Review:

I know what you're thinking? Chandra? With a children's book? 🤯  That's right.  I sometimes even surprise myself.  I LOVE seeing more and more of these multicultural books popping up these days.  I absolutely had to pick this one up as it completely spoke to me.  I wish I had a book like this when I was a kid.

This is a very short book with adorable illustrations and reminded me of the talks I had as a kid.  "What are you?" "Where are you from?" "You have your mother's eyes." etc.  But ultimately I always tried to be whoever the person talking to me wanted me to be.  Too Korean for the US. Too American for Korea. As I've gotten older I've become extremely proud of my heritage and while yes, my family is from here and there and I am of mixed heritage... through it all I'm ONE HUNDRED PERCENT ME and this book just exemplifies how important that is. Love.


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