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Embrace Your Radiance with "Sam Says You Are Born To Shine"

Today, I'm excited to share my book review of "Sam Says You Are Born To Shine" by Sam Hirschmann. This book review and guest post "What inspired me to write this book and the lesson of the book" are courtesy of the author and tour sponsor iRead Book Tours. Embrace your radiance and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Book Tour "Sam Says Your Are Born to Shine"


What inspired me to write this book and the lesson of the book

by Sam Hirschmann

I was inspired to write this book because I believe the message of showing up as your authentic self, no matter what others may think, is a powerful lesson that will benefit children throughout their entire lives. I really wanted to write this as a children’s book because I wish I had known the power of this message when I was younger. Instead, I remember always being nervous about being myself. I would dim my light in certain situations because I didn’t want to seem “weird” or “uncool” and would really only let my family and closest friends see my true light. That tendency stuck with me throughout my life, and it wasn’t until I went to acting school did I realized the power of my uniqueness and beauty in being myself. 

Lastly, another message I would love children (and adults!) reading this book to take away is that there is a tangible joy you exude when you embrace your uniqueness and let your inner light shine. This joy not only makes you feel good, but it also makes those around you feel good and confident to let their light shine as well! I know for myself whenever I’m around someone who is authentically being themselves, it always inspires me to do the same! 

Thank you, Sam, for this outstanding guest post. I agree this book is so much fun to read and I couldn't help the urge to join Sam as she danced with her classmates.


My Book Review


"Sam Says You Are Born To Shine" by Sam Hirschmann is a delightful picture book that radiates positivity and encourages readers to embrace their true selves. This heartwarming tale centers on Sam, a vibrant character whose mother instills in her the empowering message to shine brightly and never dim her light.

The story unfolds as Sam faces the challenge of starting at a new school where her lively clothes and exuberant dance moves become the target of mockery by her classmates. Despite the teasing, Sam remains true to herself, illustrating the powerful idea that expressing one's authentic self can be contagious.

One of the standout features of this book is its captivating illustrations that bring the narrative to life. The lively and colorful depictions of Sam contrasted with her initially dull-looking classmates and teacher effectively convey the transformative nature of embracing individuality. The visual journey becomes even more enchanting as, eventually, Sam's joyous spirit influences others to join her in a lively recess dance, depicted with vivid colors and happy expressions.

The narrative is simple yet impactful, reinforcing the essential message that being unapologetically yourself is a source of strength and inspiration. Young readers will undoubtedly connect with Sam's journey, finding encouragement to embrace their uniqueness and stand tall in the face of adversity.

A thoughtful addition to the book is the inclusion of a QR code at the back, providing readers with access to fun music that complements Sam's energetic personality. This interactive element enhances the overall reading experience, inviting children to dance along with Sam and further reinforcing the book's theme of joyous self-expression.

"Sam Says You Are Born To Shine" is a wonderfully crafted picture book that radiates positivity, celebrates individuality, and encourages readers to embrace their true selves. Sam Hirschmann's tale, complemented by lively illustrations, leaves a lasting impression on young minds, instilling the belief that everyone is born to shine brightly. Embrace your radiance and buy the book today!



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