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From Publishers Weekly

A perky preschooler (or kindergartner) flies solo through his daily routine in this upbeat offering, which begins with a wake-up visit from the boy's pet cat. As the child washes up, gets dressed, eats breakfast, plays at school, goes to the library, etc., he is pictured on his own. Only in frames depicting his drop-off at and pickup from school and at bedtime do his parents appear. The parents' limited role reinforces the book's celebration of children's independence, even if it sometimes presents a skewed perspective of age-appropriate autonomy. The text is simple and the picture clues are ample, but the verse's rhythm and rhyme scheme are intermittently forced (e.g., "Right shoe, left shoe. Tie, comb, done! Breakfast's ready, pour, crunch, yum!"). Aliki's (William Shakespeare & the Globe) brightly hued, unadorned art convincingly conveys the protagonist's high energy and enthusiasm. A cheerful if minor addition to the author/artist's oeuvre. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)
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PreSchool-Grade 1-Just as the title implies, this jubilant story shows and tells about a child doing all sorts of things independently. "Right shoe,/left shoe./Tie,/comb,/done!/Breakfast's ready,/pour,/crunch,/yum!" The boy goes through a typical day, getting dressed, going to school, visiting the library, practicing his violin, helping with dinner, and getting ready for bed. Aliki's colorful illustrations closely match the moods and energy levels of a five- or six-year-old. The youngster's dog and cat have almost as much personality as he has. The text has a hand-printed appearance, large and easy to read. The back cover features a chart labeled, "What can you do all by yourself?" with verbs such as wash, brush, button, zip, tie, pour, build, and write. A good choice for storyhours and beginning readers.
Sharon R. Pearce, Geronimo Public School, OK
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (May 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064462536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064462532
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I got this for my almost three year old to encourage him to be proud of doing things for himself. He loves the pictures, especially of the boy's pets. He's still a little young to do the same activities in the book by himself, but he enjoys all the routines the boy in the story goes through.
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My recently-turned-4-year-old absolutely loves this book. We checked it out of the library a few weeks ago. On the due date, he refused to return it, so I renewed it. Now it looks like we will be buying this wonderful book. It teaches toddlers about doing simple everyday things for themselves--getting dressed/undressed, going potty, eating breakfast, helping with chores, going to school and having tub time and preparing for bed. We've read it some many times that he is starting to memorize it and read it back to us. I highly recommend this one!
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My three-year old son and I have read this book together since before he was one. The illustrations are charming and the text supports any young child's budding independence. Since receiving this gift, we have checked many more Aliki books out of the library (the latest, Ah Music!, is fantastic). I appreciate the inclusivity of Aliki's drawings. Her books always depict people of many ethnicities and abilities without seeming contrived or forced.
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My son loves to read this book at nights. It's fun, quick and age appropriate for him. We love the "what can you do all by yourself?" at the back of the book. Great for spelling test and discussions.
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Format: School & Library Binding
Love this book. However when the title says 'School & Library Binding Edition', I thought it was going to be hardback. It wasn't. Had to return.
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I used this book in conjunction with the theme "I Can". My preschool students loved the page when the young boy is in his underware.
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This book is aimed at preschoolers, so I was a little worried when I first read it to my 2 year old. It is one of their favorite books!
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Winsome drawings with simplistic text that captures all the joy that goes into a toddler's day. One of our family's favorites!
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