Book Review: Millie Fierce

Author/Illustrator: Jane Manning
Interest Level: Ages 5 and Up

From the Book Jacket: Millie is quiet. Millie is sweet. Millie is mild. But the kids at school don't listen to her. And she never gets a piece of birthday cake with a flower on it. And some girls from her class walk right on top of her chalk drawing and smudge it. And they don't even say they're sorry!

So that's when Millie decides she wants to be fierce! She frizzes out her hair, sharpens her nails and runs around like a wild thing. But she soon realizes that being fierce isn't the best way to get noticed either, especially when it makes you turn mean. So Millie decides to be nice--but to keep a little of that fierce backbone hidden inside her. In case she ever needs it again.

With bright art and an adorable character, it's easy to empathize with Millie. Because everyone has a bad day, once in a while.

Why It's On My Bookshelf: Millie Fierce is a great example of positive and negative ways to get attention from others. I see children having negative (purposeful) interactions with others on a daily basis in my school. I just love books like this that open up dialogue and help us get to the root of what's really going on...maybe they are having a bad day, could something be going on at home, are they feeling excluded. Millie has a change of heart when one of her actions causes a boy to cry. She reflects and begins to start doing things with kindness. Can't wait to focus on this character trait this year!

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