What makes Me Shine is the story of Sam’s Birthmark.  He was born with a birthmark on his face.  This is what makes him unique! Until he was asked at the playground about the mark, he didn’t realize that it made him different.  Sam’s parents tell him that even though he may look different, it’s what makes him special.  Everyone has something special about them that makes them shine.

I really like this book – especially as someone who grew up disabled and therefore “different” than everyone else.  I don’t like to think I’m all that different, but growing up it would have been nice if I thought this made me special and the other kids thought so too. I got picked on a lot for being “different” and I think this book is helpful in teaching kids that everyone has their own different things but it’s not bad, in fact, it’s good!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Sam is born with a birthmark on his face. He is a happy boy that loves his dog Shakespeare and playing with friends. One day on the playground a girl asks him what is the mark on his face. Until this day it had not occurred to Sam that his birthmark made him different.

That night Sam asks his mom if he is different than other kids. His mom explains  that he does look different than other children, but that is what makes him special and unique. We all have something that makes us shine. It could be freckles, curly hair or glasses.

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