Children’s perceptions of their bodies are influenced by many things: parents, television, teachers. Isn’t it time for a positive inspiration? After suffering with anorexia and bulimia for nearly two decades and feeling as if she was not an ideal role model for her children as they were growing up, Denise Folcik, has authored No “Body” Is Perfect: But They are All Beautiful, a children’s book about learning to love body differences. Denise has taken her passion and what she has learned in her own recovery, and authored a beautiful children’s book. This rhyming book, reminiscent of Dr. Seuss, begins: “No body is perfect. I’ve heard it once said. No body is perfect. From your toes to your head.” The book is lovingly illustrated by Denise’s granddaughter, Lily. The pictures and prose are intended for children of preschool age and highlight many types of body differences including hair and eye color, voices and physical disabilities to name a few.
“I was never content with the way I looked and was quite vocal about it, many times in the presence of my children,” Denise says about her endeavor. “After many years of intense treatment and over five years in recovery, I now love everything about myself and want nothing more than to be a positive influence to my children, grandchildren and all children.”
No “Body” is Perfect is available by clicking this link.
Other children’s books about body image:
I Like Me, Emanuel Simms
Freckleface Strawberry, Julianne Moore