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ILA CBC Children's Choices ListA quiet boy with anxiety learns to shine in this award-winning picture book that celebrates introversion
Alfie wants to participate in the best parts of being a kid, from his friend Antoinette_ã_s birthday party to the relay races at school. But his shyness keeps him from engaging. When Alfie wakes up with That Feeling on the morning of yet another big event_ã”the underwater costume parade_ã”his mom takes him to the aquarium.
There, Alfie meets a starfish who shines so boldly Alfie feels small. But suddenly, a tiny clownfish swims up to Alfie for a quick hello andÔ_retreats again. Alfie begins to understand that there_ã_s a happy medium between hiding away and being the star, and that he needs to come out of hiding every once and awhile to make meaningful connections.