I Move A Lot and Thats Okay! Book Review
This is a book review of I Move A Lot and Thats Okay! by Shermaine Perry-Knights.
Looking for an engaging book to teach kids about rapid change and explain the military lifestyle? This is it! I Move A Lot and That’s Okay” teaches kids how to emotionally cope with relocation.
Designed to build resilience and confidence in children, this picture book follows a bright-eyed girl in a military family as she shows the reader that she can embrace a new environment, language, and a different culture. Leaving their home and settling in another is tough on all kids. This is what military families go through when moving to a new station, far away from home in another city, state, or country.
This adventure is filled with sadness, loss, acceptance, and hope. By the end of the story, young readers will be chanting the theme of the book: “I move a lot and that’s okay!” While this book features a military child, its message of resilience and hope are universal ones that help all children to overcome obstacles more easily.
I love when my kids get to read about resilient, self-reliant characters in their books. It encourages them (and me!) as they face challenges, and helps them to realize that they can push through difficulty and accomplish their goals. I Move A Lot and Thats Okay!, by Shermaine Perry-Knights, is a great example of a character who faces obstacles and is able to persevere.
The book tells the story of Grace, a seven-year-old military kid; she doesn’t like the term “military brat.” When we meet her, the family is preparing to move to a new station, since her dad is a soldier. Grace’s telling of the experience is honest and raw, and she describes things that feel “ok” and “not ok” as she keeps moving forward.
Grace’s experience is typical of military families; moving is a regular part of life as parents are stationed in different parts of the world. It can be incredibly difficult for spouses and kids, but it also develops an inner strength that will last a lifetime. We can watch Grace navigate this struggle and convert it to strength. She describes the process of moving her belongings, getting used to new homes and new schools, and finally arriving in Italy, where her family is stationed.
Military kids will recognize themselves in Grace’s experience, and they’ll enjoy seeing familiar terms and acronyms throughout the story. However, the deeper and more important lesson will shine through to kids of all backgrounds: families can face hard things together and come out the other side stronger. Grace’s family holds tight to traditions, like having pizza as their first meal in a new place, in order to find balance and joy together.
Our family has faced many challenges together, and we continue to persevere. I’m thrilled that my kids can see their emotions and life journey reflected in a character as brave as Grace!
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About the Author, Shermaine Perry-Knights
Shermaine Perry-Knights is an award-winning facilitator, project manager, speaker, and author. As a Certified Professional in Talent Development, Shermaine is passionate about helping others develop emotional intelligence and leadership skills. Each of her 10 published books supports the growth mindset (self-care, resilience, and career readiness).
Shermaine is a proud military kid and a lifelong learner. She earned a bachelor’s of arts in political science from Spelman College and a master’s in public administration from Strayer University. Shermaine has traveled throughout Asia and the West Indies, and she lived and studied in Europe and the Middle East.
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All in all, my family and I have really enjoyed this book and we know you will too! Please feel free to leave me any comments or questions about this review. I look forward to hearing from you!
* This book was kindly sent to me by Author, Shermaine Perry-Knights in exchange for an honest review.