While children are learning to accept individual differences, they simultaneously need to develop an appreciation of their uniqueness. Building self-esteem is paramount. Best selling author, Nancy Tillman, has written several books that focus on building a strong identity through parental love. The Crown on Your Head (A Feiwel and Friends Book, 2011) uses the symbolism of an invisible magical crown to showcase how children can grow as individuals and accomplish whatever they set out to do.
The rhyming prose and the pictures with a visible glowing crown pull the reader from page to page. A variety of vibrant animals accentuate the whimsical aspect of the imaginary story.
The underlying message speaks to individuality, striving to be the best, and believing in one’s self. But simultaneously, the author makes it clear that one should not consider herself better than another. This is aptly illustrated when Nancy writes, “No one is brighter, no one’s duller. It’s only a crown of a different color.”
Cleverly, the story ends with a note from the crown reminding young readers that the “warmth of the glow” is present even if it is not possible to visualize it.
- Rhymning- identifying words
- Building self esteem
- Vocabulary- what does it mean to be magnificent?
- How do illustrations of animals enhance the story?
- How do the words associated with “highness” and “glowing” affect the story
- Who is telling the story?
- Symbolism- What does the crown represent?