Kindergarten teacher Mya Lee found inspiration in an unexpected place when she happened upon the book that changed her life.
What is the book that changed your life? Marsupial Sue by John Lithgow
Tell me about the book.
This story is about a kangaroo who is not happy being a kangaroo. So, she ventures out to explore what it’s like to be someone else. After a few failed attempts, she discovers that she is happiest when she is herself.
Why did it impact you?
I found this book in 2008 while browsing in a used bookstore with my baby girl. For some reason I picked up Marsupial Sue and began flipping through it. I loved it right away. The message is to be happy with who you are. Have you ever wished you had more of certain qualities? I know I have! Some things come naturally to others, while they can be more of a challenge for me. For example, I often wonder how some mothers are able to do get so much done! They can work full-time, make home-cooked meals, take kids to extracurricular activities, and be so lovable at the same time. I call it a win when I don’t crash right after work. Everyone is born with certain gifts, so we should embrace them. This book is like a reminder that everyone is uniquely designed.
Is there anything you would like to add?
I especially love this part, “Marsupial Sue, a lesson or two: be happy with who you are. Don’t ever stray too far from you. Get rid of that frown and waltz up and down beneath a marsupial star. If you’re a kangaroo through and through, just do what kangaroos do.” I love it so much because I used to read this book to my babies every night for almost six months. I am not exaggerating. I wanted them to receive the message early, that they are individuals made in the image of God. Another advantage- reading is always a great way to spend time with your loved ones.