香港作者 林凱思 Libby Lam 是一位有2個女兒的媽媽，故事內容與插圖都是由Libby一手包辦～
40% of primary school girls (some as young as 6 years old) think they are too fat.
80% of 10-year-old girls have attempted dieting at least once.
50% of 13-year-old girls are significantly unhappy about their appearance, trending up to 80% when they are 17 years of age.
These statistics come to no surprise for most of us, who have experienced this firsthand or have seen this happen to people around us. In a world where traditional and social media continue to proliferate with the support of ever-advancing technology, young girls are continuously exposed to images of the 'ideal' face and body shape and to the illusion that 'a perfect body must lead to a perfect life'.
Many of these girls become acutely aware of their appearance. This leads them to start conforming to societal beauty standards, believing that this is both how a person is defined and accepted.
Self-esteem falls. Girls feel they lack the encouragement and empowerment to reach their true potential. This is why it's important for parents to identify the issue in their daughters, guide and nurture them into having healthy self-esteem, confidence in their unique talents, and emotional well-being essential to their future success.
The book "Checklisted Beauty" tells the story of the nature-loving and sporty 10-year-old Azure, as she discovers the world of make-up and physical beauty. When Azure meets Valerie, a new student who lives by the "beauty checklist", she finds a change in how she sees both herself and the world around her. Follow Azure in her journey of self-discovery and the importance of developing unique talents as she discovers the true meaning of beauty and happiness.
Not only will young readers be able to relate to the flashiness Azure is exposed to every day, but her struggles too. Feeling inadequate and insecure after comparing herself to others and getting hyped over unattainable beauty standards, Azure learns to recognize her true beauty lies within her inborn talents and personality.
"Checklisted Beauty" inspires children at school age (age 5 - 12) to stay true to themselves and appreciate their inner beauty.
A healthy self-esteem in childhood can follow children through to their teenage years, up into adulthood. Start early – the best time to help your child develop a positive body image is well before their teens - the age group this book addresses.
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