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Keisha Ann Can! Hardcover – June 19, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (June 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399241795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399241796
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,332,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K—An African-American child and her classmates make their way through a day at school. Full of enthusiasm and smiles, Keisha Ann accomplishes all of her activities with élan, as the rhyming text asks a series of "Who can..." questions and reiterates, "Keisha Ann can!" The poetry is catchy and upbeat: "Who can count her coins/and count again in case she's wrong?/Who can play marimba/as she sings the sweetest song?" Gouache paintings done in a striking, childlike style are filled with motion and color. The characters, who represent a variety of cultural backgrounds, are outlined in darker lines and set against brightly hued backgrounds. The images are clear and crisp, making the book ideal for sharing aloud. The story ends on a positive, all-inclusive note: "Who can learn,/and work,/and play,/and make her dreams/come true?/Keisha Ann can/do these things,/and YOU can do them, too!" Although there are many positive picture books about school, this one is special because its heroine is shown ready to tackle anything with grace and confidence.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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From Booklist

Keisha Ann is a bright, motivated little girl who has found the perfect outlet for all her energy—school! For Keisha Ann, school is a place of empowerment where she constantly achieves—even when she fails. As they chant the repeated refrain, “Keisha Ann can!” little ones follow the girl from the moment she boards the school bus to her triumphant disembarkation at the end of a busy day. The clean, fresh gouache illustrations reinforce the idea that school can be a place for a child to shine, which comes clear even without the message spelled out at the end: “Keisha Ann can do these things / and YOU can do them, too!” This chipper, colorful rhyming book reveals the pleasures waiting for children preparing to enter school as well as successfully reminding those already there of the accomplishments they have to be proud of as they continue to learn. Preschool-Grade 1. --Kara Dean

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth J. Duafala on January 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We recently got this book at the library and liked it so much we are ordering a copy of our own. I was looking for books that build my daughters self-esteem and this book was perfect. The book shows Keisha Ann doing some of the same things my daughter does at school on a daily basis. The artwork is great and I love the multicultural representation of all the children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Keisha Ann is irrepressible as she goes through her school day. Whether it’s doing her work or doing what’s fun, she let’s nothing stand in her way. Who can do it? Keisha Ann Can!

This is a fun little book, with nice illustrations of children going through their school day. It teaches kids about politeness and obedience and that school can be fun. And most of all, it teaches kids to have a can-do attitude. This is a very nice book with a great lesson. My four-year-old and I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nocstudent on September 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book reminds me of the tune, "The Candy Man Can." It is a cute, happy little book. The thing I like the most is that as a teacher, it is a book that can be used across the curriculum as a teaching tool. It addresses social interaction, art, biology, English, writing, nutrition and fitness, reading, dramatic play, spelling, math, and music. It's very hard to hit every area with one book, like this book does.
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What a lovely story, however, I have come to notice that this book contains a publisher error. I purchased this book in February of this year and read it to my daughter just a few times since its purchase. This last time I read it to her (last month), I noticed that two of the pages (17 and 28....which only contain illustrations) are OUT OF ORDER! Why are the children wearing their book bags to go out to the playground? Why are they gathering balls before going out to the school bus? The pages are not numbered, so you'll have to count or flip until you reach the pages. Page 17 shows the children running down the front steps of their school wearing their book bags and Keisha Ann is holding the picture she drew for her parents. Page 28 shows the children in class gathering various balls to play with (on page 29, the children are getting on the school bus!).

At first I thought maybe I just received a bad copy, however, I checked the copy in the library where I work and it has the SAME ERROR.

Again, I love this story but had I read this more often in the beginning I could have caught the error sooner and would have promptly returned it to Amazon. It is a publisher error. Just a heads up!

5 stars for the story and 1 star for the publisher error....hence my reason for the 3 stars.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Eaton on June 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm buying this book just because it's my name!!! My mommy calls me Keisha Ann!
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