Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Little Girl with the Big Voice - Children's Book Review

Book Overview:

Written in Wé McDonald’s own words, The Little Girl with the Big Voice is a powerful story about a girl who courageously embraces her uniqueness and discovers her true voice—overcoming personal struggles and great challenges. Wé’s story inspires kids to work to fulfill their dreams and to expand their own understanding of themselves and the world around them.

My Review:

Don't disown me, but I've never watched The Voice on television. (Gasp!)  So, I wasn't familiar with Wé McDonald until reading The Little Girl with the Big Voice which became available for purchase on April 24th, 2018.  

This hardcover book tells the story of Wé and how she loved to sing.  She was embarrassed by her squeaky voice, though, and was bullied by it.  She was also teased for her name.  To keep from being bullied herself, Wé got classmates to pick on another girl.  Until, one day, Wé realized that wasn't a nice thing to do.  

Wé continued to be bullied but became strong in her singing voice.  She started singing at the Apollo theater, and was eventually invited to audition for The Voice.  Coached by Alicia Keys, Wé learns what it is to be her true self and even became resolved not to let online bullying get the best of her.  Wé received third place in the famous singing competition and realized that her voice isn't so little.

The Little Girl with the Big Voice gives snippets into the life of Wé and shows how she becomes confident in herself.  She writes how it feels to bully and to be bullied.  She's real and authentic in her expressions.  

Included with the story, Wé also shares words to a new song 'Head Up High'.  A glossary gives the meaning to words such as Producer, Amateur, and Trembled.  Discussion questions and group activities allow the reader delve deeper into bullying, and understanding and managing anxiety.

I received book for review from Lightswitch Learning.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.


Shooting Stars Mag said...

I tend to randomly watch The Voice but never a whole season all together. LOL I do remember this girl though! This sounds like a good, timely book.