Thank Goodness for Different

Rated 4.88/5 based on 8 reviews
Lilly feels different, and that doesn't make her very happy. Lilly's mother explains to her that we are all different, and shows her how the things that make us different can make our world a better, more beautiful place for everyone. All the illustrations in this book were drawn and crafted by hand, using beautiful paper, paint, and a whole lot of love. More

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About Leila Boukarim

Years before I had children, I never thought I wanted them. But the day I had my first, I couldn’t imagine my life without him. My children have made me who I am today. They are my heart, they are my soul, they are the air that I breathe. They are my everything.

My four year old is a Highly Sensitive Child. My husband and I didn’t always know that. We knew that he always stood out in every group he was a part of, in ways that were both good and not so good. And although we knew how amazing he was, not everyone could see it. He is often misunderstood by family members, other children, and his teachers. We finally put our finger on what this was when I discovered Elaine Aron and her book, The Highly Sensitive Child. After having read the book, it all started to make sense. I started to speak with other parents of Highly Sensitive Children, and it was like hearing our story over and over again.

After four years filled with challenges, worry and also lots and lots of joy, I am now confident that I know my child better than anyone else does. I know why my son acts the way he does in certain situations. I know what causes him to be anxious. I know what he enjoys. I know that he reasons like an older child. I know that he loves deeply. I look at him in awe and admiration. He has made me a better person. He is my inspiration.

It makes me proud to say that it was my son and his love for books that motivated me to start writing children's books. Books have played a very important role in helping our son to grow stronger, more confident, and more capable. We have read (and own) well over a thousand books. My son is so inspired with the right stories, and loves his books so much, he was reading on his own at the age of 3. He is the reason I dream of reaching as many Highly Sensitive Children as I can with books that don't set impossible standards. Books that understand that children don't fit a specific mold, although it may feel that way. Books that get that birthday parties, sprinklers and the playground are not fun for everyone.

So stay tuned for many beautiful titles from Sensitive and Extraordinary Kids, coming very soon.


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Zhuhai reviewed on Dec. 4, 2014

I won this book in a giveaway contest from Happy Sensitive Kids Blog and we really enjoyed reading it just now! It is written in simple words, with lots of good examples and my 6 year old is able to read it all by herself. In our family we strongly believe in Unity in Diversity and we promote this principle in our daily lives. This book is a really great resource when teaching this virtue.
Thank you for that!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
James Williams reviewed on Nov. 19, 2014

I really love this book. My daughter was 7 by the time we discovered the world of high sensitivity and I honestly wish I had this book when she first started school. I love you work Leila writing childrens books for the highly sensitive child is so needed to help them learn to about their intense feelings I cant wait to see more.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Brenda Dronkers reviewed on Aug. 27, 2014

I smiled as I read this delightful book. The author, Leila, clearly understands how to make a child feel special and unique in their own way. I would suggest this book to all of the parents I work with, who have highly sensitive children. I can't wait to see what else she creates.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
AmandavMulligen reviewed on June 27, 2014

This book was a big hit with my son. Beautifully illustrated with a beautiful message for all children, which really hit home with my highly sensitive child - "She's just like me mama" he said with a big smile when we got to the end of the book.
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)
Sonia Mezavorian reviewed on May 18, 2014

I simply loved this book! It is so easy to read and understand and has a clear message. The author has found such an great way of reaching the heart of small children. The illustrations are perfect too… Lately any book I pick up has got these scary modernistic illustrations which scare both me and my son. The ones in this book are warm and friendly. Excellent book!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Tarana Khan reviewed on May 14, 2014

'Thank Goodness for Different' is a lovely book with an important message for children: that it's okay if they are not like anyone else they know. Lily's Mom approaches her daughters concerns about being different with a positive approach, and this will also help parents in dealing with similar worries that their children may have. The illustrations are pretty and simple, and the story drives home it's message beautifully!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Sara Marseille reviewed on May 7, 2014

Loved it, beautiful illustrations that made me smile. A touching book with a lovely message. Great book to read to your kids.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
roula reviewed on May 6, 2014

"Thank Goodness for Different" is a beautiful smart book. it's message is clear and easy to get, and the illustrations are colorful and attractive. i think every child can benefit from this book, and will be able to relate to the story, because every child feels different than the others in a certain way.
it's a feel good book.
loved it
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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