Title: Extraordinary Ordinary Ella
Author: Amber Hendricks
Illustrator: Luciana Navarro Powell
Publisher: Amicus Ink, 2020
Themes: individuality, unique gifts, ordinary, extraordinary, helping others, talent show,
Ella thinks she’s ordinary.
But when she helps with
the school talent show,
she discovers something
extraordinary about herself.
Ella is extraordinary. Extraordinarily ordinary, that is. Not graceful like Carmen or musical like Kenji, Ella is determined to prove herself at the school talent show. But when every attempt to find a talent falls flat and her own ordinary acts of kindness steal the show, Ella discovers just how extraordinary ordinary can be!
Why I like this book:
Extraordinary Ordinary Ella is a cute story about a little girl’s self discovery. Ella needs a talent for the talent show but she certainly doesn’t feel she has any talents at all. And in fact, her attempts at various skills are notable for their humorous failures. This story expresses the self doubt that so many children/adults feel, but Hendrick’s snappy text with its creative alliteration and internal rhyme coupled with Powell’s warm art work bring this little girl’s story to a heartwarming solution for generous Ella.
This is a fun read aloud for early years and a story that all kids will relate that no matter what our individual talents are, we are all capable of being good to one another. It’s a fun cast of diverse nationality and ability too and makes a beautiful read aloud for any story time.
Don’t miss out on the interview I did on Tuesday with the illustrator, Luciana Navarro Powell.
And now for the two book giveaway, Extraordinary Ordinary Ella by by Amber Hendricks, Luciana Navarro Powell and A Tiny Brown Monkey on the Big Blue Earth by Tory Christie, Luciana Navarro Powell. Please leave a comment below to be included in the draw. (North American addresses only.)
Each week a group of bloggers reviews picture books we feel would make great educational reads. To help teachers, caregivers and parents, we have included resources and/or activities with each of our reviews. A complete list of the thousands of books we have reviewed can be found sorted alphabetically and by topics, here on Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.
And the winner of the random draw was AMY HARRISON