Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Heath McKenzie
Illustrator: Heath McKenzie
Publisher: The Five Mile Press
Archie is not like other sloths. He doesn’t like to rest. He prefers to dance, swing, jump, and juggle. His friends are unenthusiastic about his playfulness and tell him to take his energy elsewhere. Traveling into the jungle, Archie finds other animals who are also different from their herds. He learns from them that it’s not a bad thing to be different. As he heads back to rejoin his pack, he comes upon a tiger that is ready to eat the sloths! With all his skill and liveliness, Archie is able to save his friends.
This picture book’s lovable protagonist sets a great example for children who might find themselves feeling lonely or different from those around them. Archie did not quit doing what he enjoyed, and the qualities that set him apart were what allowed him to become a hero. Children can learn that everybody has unique strengths and traits. This book provides a great opportunity for children to discover what special characteristics set them apart as well as to look for positive attributes in others.