I like books about body positivity. And Everybody Has a Body tries to tap into this theme. Now, they tend to run the route of body “neutral” instead of being a true “positivity” book. Molli Jackson Ehlert talks to us in frank terms. You are tall. Or short. Or thin. Or hairy. Or in a wheelchair. Or have a limb difference. Or are bald. Or so much more. There are all types of bodies and they just are. And all these bodies can do similar things. They can take us hiking, and play baseball, they can take us exploring, and again, do so much more.
Your body is not good. Nor is your body bad. And that is shown through the text of Ehlert and the illustrations of Lorian Tu. Representations of all different types of bodies come alive. They are just an everyday thing doing everyday things. The images are colorful, and not overly busy, but some pages are packed full of wonderful people and their equally wonderful bodies. You see the shapes, sizes, and colors we are. We see people with babies on the way, older people, all types of religious backgrounds, all types of hair. And there are actual people who are plumb, round, and doing things you would not think a “fat person” would do. This book is real with real people.
Included at the end is an afterwards about body neutrality and what you can do to partake in it. It is actually something I think I’ll practice as it is a realistic way of thinking, that is not too “one way” thinking. It allows you to use it as needed. Good for all ages, but like all books, know your reader as some younger readers might not be ready for everything, and though it could concept wise go up to about aged 10, the format does not adapt well (as I’m assuming since I read via an online reader copy) this due mid-August 2023 book is going to be a small, easier to read picture book.