Ages 8 - 12
Luisa May, known to her family and friends as Lu, loves to play games with her grandma. When she’s bullied at school, Grandma has a special puzzle for Lu to help her see how valuable she is—no matter what others say, or how much doubt she feels within herself. Soon after, Grandma has to go to the hospital, and Lu finds out Grandma needs help recovering. Then it’s Lu’s turn to help Grandma see how valuable she is—no matter how much doubt she feels within herself. It’s a beautiful parallel for young and old alike, as each age learns from the other.
Written and illustrated with loving hands, this delightful children’s story offers a heartfelt message that unites and bonds generations. From the award-winning pen of Fay A. Klingler, I Am Strong! I Am Smart! provides to women of all ages a reminder of the tremendous gift of “girl power.”
I Am Strong! I Am Smart! is a touching story about a girl's relationship with her grandmother and the wisdom and love they share each with other through a challenging time. The illustrations are beautifully done, and Klingler's story can be enjoyed by older children as well as the very young. It contains many references to Heavenly Father, so there is a strong religious theme which I appreciated, yet the story has a universal message of empowerment and self-worth.