“What’s Wrong with my Skin?” is a children’s book by my sister, Marjorie Frenette, a Filipina author. The book tells the story of Ligaya, a young girl with brown-coloured skin. She learns to love herself and let her inner light shine, despite the influences of mainstream media and social media on the standard of beauty. This book is an excellent way to teach young ones to embrace their individuality and uniqueness!
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About the Author, Marjorie Frenette
Marjorie “Joy” Frenette’s love for creative writing led her to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Far Eastern University, Philippines. Joy has experienced first-hand the impact of both mainstream and social media on children and women while working as a multimedia reporter and television researcher. She witnessed how the unrealistic standard of beauty set by the media can lead to low self-esteem and poor body image among children. In addition to her personal experiences, these observations motivated her to pursue a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. The book “What’s Wrong with my Skin” was written to break the cycle of negative self-image passed down from generation to generation.
By showing children that they are beautiful just the way they are, Joy hopes to inspire them to embrace their own skin tone and uniqueness. Her writing aims to promote healthy self-esteem and positive body image among children.
Why I Recommend “What’s Wrong with my Skin?” to other parents
I love this book and recommend it to other parents because it’s one of the few children’s books celebrating diversity and difference. It’s a story about learning to love yourself for who you are, no matter what anyone else says or thinks.
I think every child should read this book, regardless of skin colour or background. It’s a beautiful story that will teach them to appreciate their uniqueness. And hopefully, it will inspire them to be kinder and more accepting of others.
This book raises awareness about the influences of mainstream media and social media on the beauty standard. It’s a necessary conversation with our children, especially in today’s society.
My Final Thoughts
Growing up, I also had first-hand experience of this stigma, even though I have a lighter skin complexion than some of my sisters. However, thanks to our mom, we were raised to love ourselves regardless of how we look and to love other people as they are.
This book is also dedicated to our kids raised in Canada and the US to let them thrive well in culturally diverse countries.
I hope this book can help your child see themselves in a better light and appreciate their self-identity. We are all unique in our own way, making us beautiful. Let us encourage our children to love themselves unconditionally to grow up to be happy and confident individuals.
I would also love to inspire you with the following verses from Psalm 139:
What are your thoughts? Do you think this book can help empower young children? Let us know in the comments below!
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