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Aiming to inspire young readers, the Lees (Please, Baby, Please) speak directly to them: "On some days your dreams may seem too far away to realize. Listen to the whispers of those that came before...." Each page contains an encouraging thought and invokes the deeds of a hero. "Press on through the darkness and keep going--the way the freedom fighter encouraged the enslaved to ride the railroad to safety so that all could be free." The reference is to Harriet Tubman; the heroes are unnamed, but quotations from (and attributions for) each appear on the endpapers, and they're easy to match up, letting the book function both as a source of inspiration and as an interactive quiz about such figures as Jesse Owens, Mother Teresa, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Barack Obama. Qualls's bold, lively collages (Little Cloud and Lady Wind) handle the book's abstractions gracefully. A curly-haired boy contemplates a long stairway; intricate lines curl out of a book of Langston Hughes's poetry; a red snake represents fear. Concluding with a challenge, the Lees ask, "What's your next step going to be?" All ages. (Jan.)
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Gr 3-6-This motivational book braces readers for the obstacles that come along when following one's dreams. The endpapers have 12 quotes from various people, including Mother Teresa, Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Tuskegee Airmen, and neurosurgeon Ben Carson. On the title page, a child with black curly hair looks up a staircase. The narration that follows is directed toward the youngster. "Listen to the whispers of those that came before....They made giant steps to make the world a better place and left big shoes for you to fill." Neither names nor portraits pepper the spreads; instead, visual metaphors and advice extrapolated from the experiences of the individuals are quoted: "If you stare at a painting and do not see yourself there, paint your own portrait. Let the world see that you do exist...." The spreads have key verbs in a larger typeface to emphasize actions that lead to change ("Press on," "make a plan"), and the abstract, mixed-media paintings with bits of collage are vivid with meaning. Suspense sets in when the giant steps turn into segments of a red dragon eliciting the fears that threaten all those who dream of a better world. Expert pacing ensues, bringing the narrator to ask the child, and all readers by extension, the resounding and evocative question, "What's your next step going to be?"-Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689868154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689868153
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christine Zeiler on January 17, 2011
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I had this book sent to me before sending it to my granddaughter. I wanted to preview it myself first. It is a wonderful book about fulfilling your dreams. It is great for any age. It is very inspirational and will no only be in my granddaughter's library but I bought one for mine as well.
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GIANT STEPS TO CHANGE THE WORLD a picture book about having the courage to face adversity and forge your own path to make the world a better place.

This sparsely written and evocatively illustrated book pays homage to a diverse set of exemplars like Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa, Harriet Tubman, and Mohammed Ali. While it is probably a fantastic book for the right audience, do keep in mind that a) it has very complex vocabulary for kids (such as "even though he had been relegated to second-class status by the very country he was representing") and b) it is full of unexplained historical references.

This book would probably be an intriguing jumping off point for a class or homeschool project; however, most kids will not be able to take full advantage of it as a stand-alone tale.
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My grandchildren, ages 5,4,2, enjoyed the stories. They were too young to make the associations with the names yet but are learning to guess the occupations from the clues. I loved it!
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I have purchased all of the Lee's children books and this is my favorite. Please Baby Please is cute but Gaint Steps is motivational and will be a keepsake. I hope there are more children's books to follow.
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bought as a gift for a young child being promoted. An easy read and well illustrated. You will enjoy the giving of this book knowing the recipient will treasure it's contents.
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It is not my favorite book, but it is a good addition in my classroom library.
It is not a "must have" book.
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Beautiful illustrations.
Inspiring words.
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the change that we seek."

WHO said that!!?
:>)
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A beautifully written book that is inspirational for all ages. After seeing it I have bought it for my grand children and myself. It makes a wonderful gift at anytime to young and old.
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