Written by Sunshine Quem Tenasco who is Anishinabe of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Quebec and illustrated by Chief Lady Bird, Chippewa and Potawatomi of Rama First Nation and Moose Deer Point First Nation.
When Challa comes home in tears after being teased about her smile, her mom gives her a special gift. It’s a magic mirror — shiny, beaded and beautiful — passed on from her mom, and from her djo djo before her. Challa’s mom tells her that when anyone looks into the mirror, they will see their true self. There’s just one rule: Everyone has to say what they see in the reflection. At first the mirror seems to work for everyone but her. Challa keeps looking and looking. The more beauty she sees in herself, the happier she feels, and
the longer she looks into the mirror, the more beauty she sees, until finally Challa sees so much beauty, she can't contain her smile!
This special story, from award-winning activist Sunshine Quem Tenasco and artist Chief Lady Bird, introduces readers to concepts of self-acceptance, selfempowerment, and recognition of the unique beauty that comes from within.
French version available.