What happens when a young girl with a Hall of Fame baseball pedigree breaks the family mold and follows her dream to become a soul singer?
“Roxy Rogers: Your Destiny Is Calling”, a picture book for ages 6 – 9, lets children see that their families will love them just the same when they pursue their true passions in life.
Everybody in Roxy’s family–from her great-grandpa (played with Lou Gehrig), to her grandpa (played with Jackie Robinson), to her mother (super-star college softball player), to her father (was a Los Angeles Dodger), to her sister (won a Gold Medal for Team USA Softball, and so on)–famously played ball, and Roxy is next in line. The only problem is that Roxy dreams of singing soul music like her idol, Aretha Franklin!
A historical addendum provides information about the Hall of Fame baseball players who turn up in the book, as well as Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul music. Additionally, a fun treasure hunt for clues about Roxy’s true destiny runs throughout the book, giving readers an enhanced, interactive experience.
I received a copy of this book free for an honest review which I’ve given.
Though Roxy comes from a very athletic family who love playing baseball and softball, Roxy has a different dream. She’s afraid to go after it though since she thinks her family expects her to play softball. She loves her family and likes softball, but she loves singing. It’s all she’s ever dreamed of doing. And when the national anthem singer can’t make it to Roxy’s game, she gets her chance to show everyone what her true passion is…singing.
Roxy Rogers is a wonderful little story that shows kids that it’s okay to like something different than your family likes. It’s okay to be different than they are. Even if you are good at something, if it’s not your passion you won’t be truly happy. Thankfully, Roxy finds out that her family cares for her and loves her and respects her choice to follow her dream to be soul singer rather than follow the family’s passion for baseball. I love the illustrations and hidden clues throughout the book. The story is very inspiring, and I love the little facts included at the end of the book. I think it will appeal to both girls and boys and will help them understand that they should follow their heart’s calling.