I recently re-read an article that asked these two questions… “Can we, with love and high hopes, look for and embrace the beauties in others, allowing and encouraging progress? Can we rejoice in the accomplishments of others while continuing to work toward our own improvement?” The reason I went back to it, is because of our story time during which we read this playful and enchanting read, Hiding Heidi.
Pom Pom is Super, by Sophy Henn, and Hiding Heidi share a similar theme—unique talents. Heidi has a talent for hiding. Like a chameleon, she merges in with her environment and is very hard to spot. “She’s a natural,” so good, that at her birthday party, when playing a game of hide and seek, she isn’t found until her friends are about to leave. This understandably makes Heidi sad. The next day, instead of playing hide and seek yet again, Heidi wants to play games that her friends excel at.
Another theme that Pom Pom touches on and which comes across superbly here is—celebrating the talents of others. Heidi, the gentle heart that she is, looked for and embraced the beauty of others, allowing and encouraging them to shine at their talents. She rejoiced in their accomplishments. Spirits were lifted, friendships were strengthened, all because Heidi was kind and thought of others.