Polka Dot Hair Girl Teaches Lesson of Self-Esteem Extraordinary girl and her special dog share self-empowerment in colorful new children’s book. San Jose, CA The new children’s book by Mary Russo, PhD; skillfully shares practical advice for the young reader with the use of a fanciful character named Polka Dot Sue. This story encourages a sense of self-acceptance and pride despite obstacles, thus showing a sense of self-empowerment can arise all from believing in one-self . “Feeling sad and ashamed leads to feelings of depression and anxiety, thus fostering feelings of poor self-esteem and making one prone to think in a distorted way”, Russo writes. “Poor self-esteem clouds ones’ identity and may lead to feeling ashamed and sad.” Accepting ourselves for who we are despite what others may think or say, gives one a greater sense of self and better equipped to tackle life’s events. Polka Dot Sue is the story of a young girl with polka dot hair, who takes great pride in who she is and conveys this pride with her enjoyment of clothing herself handsomely each day. The story gives a child the sense of self acceptance and pride to show others that a deep sense of self-empowerment come from believing in one self despite obstacles. With the color-emotion awareness, another sense of expressiveness, it encourages the young reader to understand more about feelings with color and self-expression. Also the days of the week provide a framework, which gives an opportunity for more fundamental growth. With illustrations by Yelena Kasianova., the story is brought to life and the positive messages are conveyed in this colorfully, illustrated , deeply enchanting new children’s book.