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I Like Myself! Hardcover – May 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152020136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152020132
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–This curly haired African-American moppet really likes herself. No matter what she does, wherever she goes, or what others think of her, she likes herself because, as she says, "I'm ME!" Catrow's watercolor, ink, and pencil illustrations bring even more humor to the funny verse. The brightly colored art and rhymes are reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's work with their quirky absurdity, especially the full spread of the child and her highly unusual bicycle. Even with "…stinky toes/or horns protruding from my nose," her dog loves her unconditionally. She is so full of joy that readers will love her, too–even when she has purple polka-dotted lips. Titles such as Jamie Lee Curtis's I'm Gonna Like Me (2002) and Kathi Appelt's Incredible Me! (2003, both HarperCollins) have a similar theme, but the main characters are Caucasian. A great addition.–Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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"The brightly colored art and rhymes are reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's work with their quirky absurdity." — School Library Journal
 
"Sure to become a storytime favorite." —Kirkus Reviews

--This text refers to the Board book edition.

More About the Author

KAREN BEAUMONT's picture books include Being Friends, illustrated by Joy Allen, and Louella Mae, She's Run Away!, illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger. She lives in San Martin, California.

Customer Reviews

The illustrations are wonderful and the rhyme is divine.
David W. Hughens
This is a great book for promoting self esteem and a positive self image.
B.
My daughter has loved this book since she was 6 months old.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jaime, mother of two on January 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a mother of two who teaches, and received a bachelor's degree in literature, this is one of the first children's books I have come across that I can recommend without reservation. Even though the story is about a girl, my sons love it! It's wonderfully illustrated, and when we read it, we giggle at the pictures and the silly ideas. The best thing about this book is that through the silliness the words reinforce a message about self-esteem that cannot be repeated enough! They love it, I love it!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David W. Hughens on December 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book should be soaked up by parents everywhere. What a beautiful world this would be if all adults had the self-confidence of the little girl in I Like Myself! The illustrations are wonderful and the rhyme is divine. Treat yourself to a splendid book and give yourself a big hug and say, "I like myself!"
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Roman VINE VOICE on June 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
An ode to self-acceptance told in simple rhyme. Story tells reader that what matters is deep inside. For example, "No matter if they stop and stare, no person ever anywhere can make me feel that what they see is all there really is to me." Catrow's illustrations are lively and loving. Karen Woodworth-Roman
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carol H. Sibley on June 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I Like Myself! is the first book to receive the Wanda Gág Book Award for the year's best picture book to read aloud to younger children, up to age eight.

An African American girl energetically celebrates her uniqueness. Beaumont's rhyming text describes a confident, joyful, and silly child who appreciates everything about herself. Catrow's colorful surrealistic illustrations, created with watercolor, ink, pencil, and collage, playfully interpret and extend the story. For instance, the illustration of the girl and her pet dog splashing in a bird bath adds another dimension to the text:

I may be called a silly nut

or crazy cuckoo bird-so what?

I'm having too much fun, you see,

for anything to bother me!

The book delighted preschoolers through second graders, who asked to have the book read again and again. They laughed and giggled at the pictures and found something that captivated them on every page. They also enjoyed the rhyming text and commented: "I like myself, too."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Conley on August 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The first time I read this book I fell in love. I immediately went out and bought two copies to give away to friends. The rhyming text is so much fun and the illustrations are adorable. It sends a perfect message to any child (and hopefully some adults). I'm always pulling this book off the shelf at work (library) and displaying so it will get checked out as much as possible.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lori K. Yanzick on March 24, 2006
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This is a great book. The message is so important and it is presented in a funny humorous way that kids can relate to. I think anyone who has kids should get this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Suzan Czoschke on January 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My 8 year old daughter strives for acceptance as many other children...she has no scars or other outstanding characteristics but lives in a world where grown women compete in The Swan, and beauty is more and more defined as being merely skin deep as evidenced by the increasing number of plastic surgeries performed. This book teaches, in oh, so gentle a manner, that we are all different and beauty comes from within. An engaging read, it teaches without preaching and cleverly lets children know that the first key to success is liking YOURSELF. It doesn't do a bad job at reminding adults of that fact, either.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lynette Stark on December 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for a little one in my family, and it was read to the children at our family Christmas gathering. Even the youngest, my daughter's baby, paid attention to the words, and to the illustrations. The little girl I bought it for kept tracing her fingers over the illustrations, and she loved the words. The message in the book is so uplifting. This is a beautiful, lively book. Every teacher should have this in their classroom, and every parent should read it to the little ones in their family.
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