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Good for You! Toddler Rhymes for Toddler Times Hardcover – September 18, 2001

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Amazon.com Review

Life can be frustrating for toddlers sometimes. There's so much they can't quite do yet. But wait--aren't there a whole lot of things they can do? Good for You! is a bouncy, cheerful celebration of counting, drinking from a cup, getting dressed, using the potty, saying "please" and "thank you," eating in a restaurant, and lots more. Poems titled "Peekaboo! I See Blue!, " "Oops! Excuse Me!," "I'm a Very Noisy Person!," "I'm a Very Quiet Person!," "Riding in My Stroller," and "Hello, Soap!" are guaranteed to touch many chords with preschool-aged readers. Stephanie Calmenson, author of many children's books, including The Principal's New Clothes, clearly feels a strong connection to children, and understands their sense of humor, anxieties, thrills, and immense curiosity. Luscious sherbet-toned watercolors by Melissa Sweet, illustrator of Dirty Laundry Pile: Poems in Different Voices (edited by Paul B. Janeczko) and many others, will bring a smile to every reader's face. (Ages 3 to 6) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

Calmenson (Dinner at the Panda Palace) here offers 24 rhymes celebrating the milestones of toddlerhood from early mastery of letters, opposites and body parts to the dawning of decorum ("Do animals have good manners?/ No, I don't think they do./ But you can have good manners./ Will you try? Good for you!") to bath time and bedtime. There's even an ode to potty proficiency: "I have my own potty./ I use it very well./ When I need the potty,/ I can almost always tell." Sweet's (Bouncing Time) full-bleed paintings of intimate domestic scenes and safe outdoor settings add to the fun. Calmenson makes a game of peekaboo into an opportunity to teach colors, "Peekaboo! I see blue!/ Blue ball, blue floor./ Blue cat at the door," and the artist takes her literally: her Matisse-like rendering of a slightly off-kilter room shows the ball in the foreground eyed by a blue tabby. The author poses a series of riddles about the parts of a playground and, while all the answers are pictured in the spread, Sweet places the swing, sandbox and slide across the gutter from their clues. The confident, multicultural toddlers featured here take on their world with bright eyes and calm smiles, while background washes of soft lime, cantaloupe and peach emanate a convivial glow. Calmenson and Sweet open the door to the world of poetry and the playfulness of language, and usher toddlers through it. Ages 1-4.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688177379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688177379
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,266,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stephanie Calmenson's books have been called "marvelous" (Publishers Weekly), "lyrical" (School Library Journal), "hilarious" (School Library Journal), "sweet, funny, and right on the mark" (Booklist). She writes for babies, toddlers, elementary school kids and for all ages about dogs. Among her most popular titles are DINNER AT THE PANDA PALACE; THE PRINCIPAL'S NEW CLOTHES; LATE FOR SCHOOL!; OLLIE'S SCHOOL DAY: A Yes-and-No Book; MAY I PET YOUR DOG?; ROSIE, A VISITING DOG'S STORY and NO DOGS ALLOWED! Book #1 of the Ready, Set, Dogs! series written with Joanna Cole. A former teacher, children's book editor, and Editorial Director of the Parents Magazine Press Read-Aloud Book Club, Stephanie feels privileged to have found work that brings together her love of kids, words and laughter.

To read more, please visit www.stephaniecalmenson.com

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
My daughter ( who is 2 1/2) and I found this book at the library and loved it so we bought it for a birthday present for one of her play group friends. The mother wrote me the very day and expressed how much she and her daughter loved it too. The companion book Welcome Baby! is awesome. Toddlers and babies love the pictures and rhymes about going about town in their stroller, color songs, body parts, etc.. I will be getting Good for You! for my daughter as well.
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Format: Hardcover
We love this book. It makes a wonderful gift. Fun to read just a page or the whole book. Great artwork. I consider this an update to Mother Goose--modern language and makes you smile on every page. Makes toddlers proud to be growing up and doing new things. Perfect!
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I saw this mentioned on several blogs I like, but it was not what I expected. Not the helpful resource book I expected it to be--it's basically a few pages of poorly written rhymes.
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