For decades, we've heard a wide range of organizations and activists representing various ethnic groups, sexual orientations, gender identities, and body types call for more representation of people like them in the media.
And when such matters are discussed, those conversations tend to involve the abstract ideas of representation and what it means to create a representative character. But when we see what a more diverse media landscape can do for its viewers, we get a firsthand sense of why it's important.
This is something that can be true for all ages, as a mom recently learned when she saw herself in the physically strong Luisa from the recent Disney smash hit Encanto.
But of course, that effect can be even more pronounced when children can see themselves in their surroundings. Similarly heartwarming examples can show us why that film has resonated so much with so many people, but they also show why some people have made it their life's work to make toys that comfort children with disabilities.
And in the story we're about to go over today, we can see how some of the more subtle ways that this representation matters can be the most powerful.