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All by Myself (Little Critter) (Look-Look) Paperback – March 13, 2001
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"Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid," says Mercer. "Now that I'm a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always help remind me of what it was like."
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mercer Mayer spent his childhood hunting lizards and snakes in the swamps near his home. During his teenage years, he attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He later received additional training at the Art Students League in New York City. Upon completion of his studies, he set out with pen and ink to write and illustrate a collection of children's books, reflecting many of the adventures he experienced as a child.
In 2007, Mr. Mayer was commissioned by Laura Bush to create the artwork used for the National Book Festival held on September 29 on the National Mall. He was an honored guest to the event, giving a demonstration and autographing hundreds of books for fans who attended.
Top Customer Reviews
And anyway, they're short, they're funny, they're topical, and they're cheap.
In this one, Little Critter details all the things he can do "by himself". Of course, the illustrations give the lie to his words - sure he can pour his own juice, but he doesn't say that he spills, that sort of thing.
Anyway, he very cutely does a lot of things "by himself" before reading that he can't tuck himself into bed - he needs a story.
There are numerous things he can do for himself. He can get out of bed with no help, he can dress himself and brush his fur, he can put on his socks and tie his shoes. Little Critter can even pour some juice for his little sister, and, he can lend a hand to her as she eats her breakfast.
All by Myself is packed with the same child pleasing, colored pencil illustrations that are always a key component of Mercer Mayer works. Little Critter has been a longtime choice for my K - 1 students.
Many Mercer Mayer Little Critter books also feature tiny 'littler critters' who move from page to page with Little Critter and take part in his adventures, antics and exploits. All by Myself features our old comrade, mouse. The students in my present first grade class get pleasure from watching both Little Critter as his story is told; along with noting the actions of the tiny one too.
Little Critter does many of the things my students do. He dresses himself, brushes his own hair and ties his own shoes. My students regularly come to school with hair wildly awry to proudly announce, I combed my own hair. Numerous first graders tie their shoes, NOT along with shoes on the wrong feet and even now and then one black and one brown. Besides, who said striped shirts cannot be worn with flowered pants?
Mouse trails along with Little Critter from incident to escapade.Read more ›
My daughter is a little perfectionist and won't try something unless she knows she'll be good at it, or gives up on trying the first couple of times she fails. So seeing Little Critter spilling juice while saying, "I can pour juice" (yeah he's pouring it just not in a cup haha!) tells her that it's okay to not get it right every time.
Unlike other reviews have said, I don't think this teaches a child anything negative or shows them the wrong way to do something. They can clearly see that Little Critter is messing up, but that's good for them because they can think, "He's just like me, he also makes mistakes." Meanwhile Little Critter is still proud of himself, because he tried. This is so encouraging and not to be underestimated.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this whole series! I've been reading them to children for almost 30 years and they are just as interesting in 2016 as in 1989 (when I first discovered the series). Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
BOOK RECEIVED IN NEW CONDITION - KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN REALLY LOVE THIS BOOK ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY TRY TO BE SO INDEPENDENT.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
My 2 year old loves to do things by herself at first but then the charm wears off and it back to asking Mommy to "put on my pjs, brush my teeth, put on my shoes. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Jessica
My son is almost 5 and he's loved all the little critter books for about 3 years! They're he bestPublished 1 month ago by Shawna
My daughter loves this series and love the lesson they help her out withPublished 2 months ago by Carrie Elwood
This book is exactly what it appears and perfect for my two year old who now can do EVERYTHING by herself. Riiiiiiiiight, Either way, it's cute and has a good line about medicine.Published 2 months ago by E. Mar
Mercer Mayer's books are so fun. My kids loved them when they were little, and we now give them at all baby showers.Published 2 months ago by MamaNewman
My daughter just turned five and I got this book for her because she's reading now. It's a really great book for beginner readers.Published 2 months ago by Kam