A young bird with a flair for discovery and invention learns self-acceptance one blue-footed step at a time.
Benjamin the blue-footed booby is coming of age in his flock’s world of flying, diving, swimming, and fishing. But he already has a unique gift: treasure-hunting. One day, after finding a mirror, Benjamin becomes convinced that his beak is too long, his wings are too wide, and his feet are too big and blue. He decides to use his treasures to change himself.
But without his beak, wings, and feet, is he even a blue-footed booby anymore?
Illustrated with Sue Macartney’s lively, light graphic art style, Benjamin’s Blue Feet is a playful, jovial picture book about self-image and self-worth. Packed with humor and heart, it is sure to become a new storytime favorite.
Praise for Benjamin's Blue Feet
“A bird learns self-acceptance in this tale with a concealed environmental message.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Sue Macartney tackles a lot of big issues in Benjamin’s Blue Feet while maintaining a sweet story about a curious bird who finds novelty in junk....Benjamin may be surreal as a blue-footed booby who talks and can manipulate man-made junk, but the problem of ocean garbage and negative body image are not. They are dangerous challenges to our world and ourselves and teaching young children about them via an amiable bird reflects well on Sue Macartney and Benjamin both.”—CanLit for LittleCanadians
“I really loved the inside cover with the Galapagos creatures inside and the note at the end about waste in the oceans…the overall message of finding what you are good at and embracing being different is just perfect. I love that message.”—Mrs. Book Dragon
“[A] nice picture book with a simple – and important – message about self image. The author has also included “A Note about Trash in the Ocean” asking young readers to help reduce waste and help protect wildlife.”—Metroland