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Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in somewhere? Maybe you have been in a situation where someone blatantly pointed your differences out? It’s an uncomfortable feeling and it hurts. 

In today’s climate, there has never been a more important time to celebrate our differences and appreciate the gifts that each of us have. Our differences can be strengths. Chunk-A-Monk The Big Black Skunk is a book that does just this and teaches us simple ways to come together and celebrate our uniqueness and abilities.

Disclaimer: Strength 4 Spouses was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

Chunk-A-Monk The Big Black Skunk is an adorable children’s book that touches on physical differences, bullying, and viewing differences as strengths in a more positive light. This book has many valuable lessons that can benefit elementary aged children on several important topics.

Strengths

This book touches on many important aspects of differences including:

  • The impact of bullying.
  • Finding our own strengths in our differences.
  • Being authentically you.

In addition, this book also touches on some unique themes including:

  • Friendships.
  • Celebrating differences.
  • Being proud of who you are.
  • Using your differences as strengths.
  • Befriending others who may look different than you.
  • The value of a sincere apology.

In addition to the strengths listed above, this book would be a great resource to military kids. Military children come from all walks of life. They, like Splitter, are the new kid in school in various cultures, states, and countries around the world quite often. They, too, may not look like everyone else at their new school and can probably relate with Splitter’s story in many ways.

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My Final Thoughts

This special story about Splitter, the skunk, will pull at your heartstrings. It showcases a child’s feelings, as displayed by Splitter, when he is bullied at a new school due to his physical differences. He knows he is different, but when others at school point it out and make fun of him, it hurts him deeply. 

This book touches on an important issue that we need to teach children about. Chunk-A-Monk The Big Black Skunk reinforces the value that being different is okay. This book can help children understand that their differences are strengths, which is a valuable life lesson that children can carry with them in all types of situations.

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About the Author

Michael Passafiume has always been drawn to the writing art. His love for writing was born as a teenager when he began writing for his high school newspaper. That love paved the way for him to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Journalism. He continued writing throughout earning his Master’s in Special Education.

That combination has led him to this point and authoring his first children’s book. Michael resides in Florida with his family enjoying the year long tropical temperatures.

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