Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this review post. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the product company and/or its affiliates in any way.
The story begins with sweet Ahni looking at herself in the mirror. It’s her first day of dance class and she loves the ballerina reflection staring back at her. As she arrives at Madame Sabina’s Dance School her excitement quickly turns into fear. The girls standing before her appear to have picture perfect ballet skills. They are graceful. They are elegant. They are everything Ahni thinks she is not.
She puts on a brave face and decides to participate in the class anyway. She leaps and twirls through the air only to hear a few of the other girls laughing at her. Ahni tearfully stops dancing, grabs her stuff and runs out of the classroom door. She bumps into Madame Sabina who will share an invaluable secret with the young girl.
Shereen Rahming is the author of this sweet story. She does a wonderful job of expressing the angst that young Ahni feels when facing a new experience. As the story continues, you are drawn into Ahni’s world and easily begin to feel every emotion the young girl has as if it were your own. Jeff Vernon adds visual appeal to the story as the illustrator of this book. He captures Ahni’s dance class heartbreak down to the single tear that falls down her face. As the story progresses, the words and images you experience make it nearly impossible to not fall in love with little Ahni!
The words and images captured in this book make it hard to believe that this is Shereen’s first time as a children’s book author. I absolutely think it’s a path on which she should continue. It is also the first collaborative project for her and Jeff as well. The story is so endearing that you would think these two individuals have been working together for years.
Although this book is written for a younger audience, I think that adults could benefit from the overall message as well. Ahni faces a challenge of being teased in a new dance class and must decide whether to give up her dream or stay the course, even if it means facing unsupportive individuals.
Who among us can’t identify with being in the same position?
As a small business owner that experiences periods of self-doubt and fear at times, I found it easy to identify with Ahni and her dance class experience. Like her, I wanted to run away more times than I wanted to stay and face the situation head on. There is a valuable lesson inside this story and it’s one of perseverance and believing in yourself even when it feels like the whole world is against you.
That lesson alone makes this a book I highly recommend for everyone, whether you are a parent wanting to instill sound values in your children or an adult facing a tough situation in life. We can all learn something from little Ahni and the experience she faces.
As for the invaluable secret that Madame Sabina shares with Ahni, I’m not going to be the one to spill the beans on that one. You are just going to have to buy the book and read about it for yourself!
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