“My Name Is Art Fine” is the newly minted Book Three of Kelly Anne Manuel’s “My Name Is” Series. In this story the Child is invited on a journey where honest discourse and communication result in clarity. The Child and the main character, Art Fine, get to know each other on the pages of story. The Child’s observations are voiced and received while Art Fine does the same.
“My Name Is Art Fine” begins with a Child who is curious about who they are encountering. It becomes clear that the Child has questions regarding the information being shared. The Child has the opportunity to use their words in a clear and concise manner. The Child will learn to ask questions and see what fun adventures await when they engage actively in communication.
The simple words take on new meaning as the illustrations pair perfectly with their presentation. The Child will notice that the use of the word “fine,” may not be a true representation of what is actually occurring. The story navigates the wide breadth that may exist between what words are used to accurately describe emotions, thoughts, and feelings.
Children will experience a light hearted and fun story that will ignite their own imaginations. Why not explore the author’s theory that Childhood is a time to create a rich vocabulary that aligns correctly with thought and purpose? The author intends for the story to spark open dialogue and conversation about whether or not the terms utilized to describe inner and outer worlds match.
It is in Early Childhood that we learn how to connect and interact with others. “My Name Is Art Fine” offers a path to these connections that allows for observation, self reflection, and humor. These are excellent tools for a Caregiver’s toolbox to assist with the healthy formation of these skills. The Children who read this book will be rewarded with a fresh view of the word “fine” in all its finery.