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Am I Beautiful? Hardcover – August 19, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st edition (August 19, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688099114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688099114
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 7.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The author of Little Bear here introduces another endearing character: a young hippo who decides to "have a nice little walkabout" while his mother wallows in the mud one hot day. He encounters a mother lion nuzzling her cubs; a father heron teaching his fledglings to dance; and a human mother playing with her baby. Since the parents tell their wee ones how beautiful they are, the hippo does his best to imitate each group of offspring in turn, asking if he, too, is beautiful. Of course no one can answer the question--until his own mother assures him that he is "the most beautiful of all, since you are mine!" Abolafia's ( Fox Tale ; A Fish for Mrs. Gardenia ) sprightly watercolors deftly portray the affectionate relationships between these creatures and their young, reinforcing Minarik's effective variation on a theme no child can hear often enough: unconditional parental love. Ages 3-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-- While his mother takes a wallow, Young Hippo goes off wandering. He looks on as a lioness croons endearments as she plays with her cubs. A father stork teaches his children to dance, complimenting them and singing their praises. A woman cuddles with her child in front of a thatched hut saying, ``You are the dearest, fattest, most beautiful little baby in the whole world.'' Who will tell Young Hippo he is beautiful? Why, his own mother, of course. He hurries back to her and receives his own share of maternal affection. Minarik tells a gentle tale of early childhood, while Abolafia's watercolor cartoons in soft pastel shades are round and lovable. Many pages feature unmentioned secondary characters such as lizards, frogs, butterflies, mice, and even elephants and giraffes who are going about their own business. This is a winner for the toddler set, but for an even more joyous, more exuberant rendering of similar ideas, look to Vera Williams's ``More, More, More,'' Said the Baby (Greenwillow, 1990). --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By amandamay24 on April 6, 2013
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My oldest boy loves this book, and I love it, too. My middle son, who is almost two, doesn't care a whole lot for it. But my oldest one has always had more of an attention span for longer books (we started reading this book when he was two). It is gorgeous and has a cute message. I love how descriptive the author is. We also love the other books she's written- the Little Bear books.
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The story line is just precious. definitely a good book for therapeutic opportunities regarding self talk and self esteem. Little Hippo goes and asks a number of mothers of various species if they think she is beautiful, but the one to instill the most love and guidance is from her momma, of course!
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This book is about Beauty, in a Mother's eye. The little hippo sees all the different animals being told by their Mothers that they are beautiful. She wonders if she is beautiful, she asks one of the animal mothers who tells her to ask her own Mother. This is a great tool for building a child's self confidence. A friend from California had recommended this book. I am so glad that I bought it to add to my bag of tricks for being a Substitute Teacher.
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