Thank Goodness for Different: Book Review and Giveaway

There aren’t many books written with highly sensitive children (HSC) in mind, so when Thank Goodness for Different by Leila Boukarim landed on my lap I was very keen to take a peek, and more importantly,  to share it with my HSC son. We snuggled under his bed on cushions with a little lamp and read the story of Lilly together.

lillycover1500“Lilly feels different, and that doesn’t make her very happy. Lilly’s mother explains to her that we are all different, and shows her how the things that make us different can make our world a better, more beautiful place for everyone. She beautifully illustrates to Lilly what the world might be like if everyone and everything was the same. Lilly starts to see that the world needs “different”, and starts to think about all the things that she is that make her unique.”

When I had turned the last page over, my son looked at me, smiled and said,

“She’s just like me, mama.”

And that’s where the beauty of this story lies; children relate. At one time or another all children feel like they are different. They come to learn that different is okay, that not feeling exactly the same as everyone else is actually good.

A few weeks before we sat and read this book together, my son was feeling particularly down on himself. He wanted to know why he wasn’t ‘normal’. Why couldn’t he go straight out to play after school without feeling overloaded, like his friends could? Why did the classroom seem so busy to him, but not to his friends? I told him we’re all different. Some children need down time after school, others don’t. And along came Lilly.

Books are an incredibly powerful way of sharing a message, of making children know they are understood and “Thank Goodness for Different” has a positive message that young children can understand, not just highly sensitive children, but all children.

The illustrations are striking but remain warm and inviting for a cosy quiet time read. And no wonder, the book’s author and illustrator is herself the mother of a highly sensitive son. It’s what has driven her to create such a unique, beautiful book. This is Leila Boukarim’s first book – and one thing you can be sure of is that it certainly won’t be her last.

My son and I enjoy reading this book together so much – and I am delighted that I can share the same experience with ten other readers. Leila has very kindly given me ten copies of her e-book to give away on this blog. Enter for a chance to win a copy by clicking on the Rafflecopter link directly below. Good luck!

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About Amanda van Mulligen

Mother, writer, author, blogger. Born British, Living Dutch. I have three Dutch sons and a Dutch husband and I blog about Turning Dutch and raising highly sensitive children.
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17 Responses to Thank Goodness for Different: Book Review and Giveaway

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  4. My son is 15 months old and I am almost sure that he is a HSC. Thank goodness for a book like this to help guide me so that I can be there for him every step of the way!


  5. My favorite metaphor is that we are all flowers of a garden – the beauty of the garden lies in the uniqueness of each flower. Wouldn’t it be boring if we were all the same??


  6. craftiemum says:

    Thank goodness that somebody is writing about being different… What a pity if we were all the same!


  7. This is a lovely book.
    What’s up with being highly sensitive?
    Absolutely nothing. That’s the truth.
    It’s normal to be Highly Sensitive. But it is hard to be a Highly Sensitive Person or Child in today’s world because they are a little different. And too often people see ‘different’ as ‘odd’ or ‘wrong’ in our culture.


  8. I tell my children everybody is different and that is fine!…..and interesting. It is important to be yourself, because everybody is unique. Our daughter tells my mom as well….. ‘Grandma, I might be different, but that is fine’. Love her!
    ( sorry for my English…I’m Dutch 🙂


  9. I tell my child that different is special, and unique. That God didn’t make us all alike, however it always seems to be the case that your child will believe in those words when they come from elsewhere. 😉


  10. So very sweet 🙂 It’s true – we do all feel left out from time to time – it’s just for some, those times come along every day instead of once in a while.

    Can’t wait for Leila’s new book to come out as well! Had the privilege of a sneak preview 🙂


    • I read this book for the first time with my son at just the moment when he was noticing that other boys around him don’t have the same issues with overload that he does – and it just helped so much so see in another way (that wasn’t his mama telling him) that that is all okay. He understood very clearly how boring the world would be if we were all the same because of this little book 🙂

      I’m excited about her future books too 🙂

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  11. I can’t seem to find the words to properly describe how I felt when I read this Amanda. I am so humbled by your wonderful comments, and the fact that your son could relate to Lilly just made me tear up. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you!

    I look forward to sharing the new books with you. So much is going into this new series, and a small team of mothers of HSC’s are helping me make it possible. I can’t wait to hear what you (and your son) think 🙂

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