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PreS-Gr 2-In this celebration of the individual, Richmond encourages readers to embrace their unique traits and talents. Written in rhyme, the text defines "you-ness" as something "Quite hard to describe,/it's your style of being, your rhythm or vibe./It's the grand sum of you that sets you apart./Your body and brains plus your spirit and heart." The text bounces along, celebrating diverse cultures, different physical traits, and individual dreams. At times, however, it seems too wordy and there are several forced rhymes and awkward passages. Scratchboardlike effects add texture and interest to the thick, lush paintings that resemble whimsical finger-paint art. The illustrations depict girls and boys feeling good about who they are.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.