Just The Way You Are


A family of orphans learns they will be adopted by the King. They all begin to get ready by working on a talent they have so the king will accept them. The youngest is friendly with people and helpful to strangers, but feels she has no real talent to show the King when he comes. She finds that by being herself she is the one ready for the King when he comes. The King explains all he really wants is someone to spend time with him and love him.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a story that teaches kids an important lesson about kindness.

Content Awareness Factors:

Not a fun or easily flowing book for children. It felt more like it was written for adults but in a story book form.

Little Kid Reaction

My daughter liked the story, especially how she got to live with the king, even though she was ignored by her siblings. She didn't understand why the girl's brothers and sisters had no time to show her how to do things.

Parent Reaction

This is a good book to teach kids about kindness and taking time to be with family and friends. It reminds us that we should always be kind to each other and be willing to teach anyone who asks for help with something we know how to do. I was surprised she liked the book, as the story had no real action to it.

Type of Book:
This is a story about unconditional love.
Educational Themes:

This is a book for teaching kindness, and reinforcing lessons about making time for your family.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with 4-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a children's book for adults.

Title Just the Way You Are
Author Max Lucado
Publisher Crossway © 1999
Illustrators Sergio Martinez
ISBN 1581341148
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.99
Genres Life Lessons
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