THE OFFICIAL BLURB:
Ruby Who? is the sweet and innocent story of a little girl’s adventure in re-discovering her identity. Ruby wishes for so many things and dreams of being like others. Will she end up forgetting how to just be herself?
Ruby Who? was created as a way to explain to children that having more ‘stuff’ doesn’t make life better; looking like the other kids won’t make you happy; it’s who you are when you’re being yourself that counts. The result is a short film and book that are playful, happy and poignant without being too preachy.
Not my usual book review but I just couldn’t resist sharing this lovely little story that I stumbled across this week.
I recently completed an online short-course and Hailey Bartholomew was a guest teacher. In that course, I learnt that I SO want to be my own version of Hailey Bartholomew when I grow up! Her film and photography projects are amazing, her Ted X Talk touching and her ideals are actually attainable for all of us.
This project is my fave :)
Oh, and Andrew is a writer with a kick butt Instagram Account!
Ruby Who? is a further extension of Hailey’s message of gratitude, personified. Being the mother of 3 little Princesses myself, I am starting to see how impressionable they can be and how much I want to empower them to know and love themselves. I want them to be proud of who they are and their life’s journey, which will be very different for each of them and each of their friends, neighbours and peers.
I like to be ME! is an important message in today’s society and the communities in which we live in. We don’t need to wear the latest fashion or own the same scooter as the other random kids (or grown ups) at the park to feel important. (I really do know some adults who still need to learn this lesson!)
“I try to teach my children to be leaders instead of sheep; to not make life a game of Simon Says; to be the voice not the echo…..to be AUTHENTIC above all else.“
When I brought home Ruby Who? for my girls, age 3, 5 & 7 they were immediately drawn to the fun illustrations by Alarna Zinn and they related to the character and her every day story. My girls loved it and it’s simplicity allowed us to chat about a myriad of topics both serious and fun!
We read Ruby Who? again the next night before bed, and the next, and probably again this evening :)
Thank you Andrew & Hailey and Alarna :)