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Dec 05 2019

Millie Muffin written and illustrated by Alisha Henderson

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Storybook Sweet series. Bauer Books, 2019. ISBN: 9781925695984.
(Age: 4-8) Highly recommended. Themes: Self-esteem, Confidence, Belonging, Well-being, Acceptance, Recipes. Millie Muffin is the very first tale in the Storybook Sweet series written by young Melbourne baker, Alisha Henderson. Millie feels that she is a plain old boring muffin and does not have much to offer the rest of the sweet treats on Buttercream Bend. She aspires to be like the Cupcake Girls who are all glitzy and glamorous with their icing decorations. While on her daily stroll she meets other treats who are also feeling lost and lacking in confidence about how they look. Millie kindly points out what makes them special and realises that she is not the only one unhappy with her looks. She finally realises that what is on the inside counts for so much more than looks.
The reader is drawn to the simple, yet colourful illustrations. The clever rhyming text further enhances the story and keeps the reader focused. The writer has also included five recipes at the end of story which children can bake with an adult. This picture book will be an asset to any classroom or home where children are struggling with low self-esteem and lacking in confidence.
Kathryn Beilby

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