Developing characters that are both appealing and that can teach children valuable lessons without sounding preachy isn’t always easy. Edie is one of those that endears you to her with her enthusiasm, cheerfulness, and curiosity. But this little stingray also recognizes that she is different and accepts herself as such. In the end, despite trying to accept all the good advice being given her, she realizes conformity is not for her. She wants to do things her way!
Edie finally decides, at a very young age, to go out and be herself despite peer pressure, loneliness, and being labeled as ‘different.’ To one extent or another, most of us have made decisions for ourselves that haven’t been popular with those around us and that’s what makes Edie very appealing. It’s not always simple to be brave, experiment, think out of the box, and be yourself. When I finished this book I was so pleased that one small stingray could make such a big splash, and do it with self-acceptance.
I hope everyone enjoys this book as much as I enjoyed writing it.