Whatever the situation, young Nate sees things through optimistic eyes. For example, when Mom stands under her black umbrella and says, �I hate rain,� Nate,joyfully splashing about, answers, �Rain brings frogs!� When young friend Ben, hovered over a huge banana split, tells a hopeful dog, �Not enough,� Nate says, �Enough to share,� and extends his own ice-cream cone to a blissful pooch. Surrounded by a mountain of toys, little Liz wails, �I need more!� Smiling in his bed, holding a teddy, Nate says, �I need one.� Each spread�s simple text and colorful, cartoon-style illustrations, filled with playful details, accessibly convey basic behavioral concepts and demonstrate supportive ways to reframe disappointments, as in a scene in which a kid, who sits dejectedly at the edge of the pool holding a second-place medal, says �I lost.� Nate, happily holding his fifth-place award, says, �I finished!� If occasionally a bit predictable, this encourages both kids and adults to look for simple joys. Preschool-Grade 2. --Shelle Rosenfeld
About the Author
Maryann Cocca-Leffler is the author and illustrator of many picture books for children, including Easter Bunny in Training, a Sneak a Peek Book; the Book Sense Pick Mr. Tanen's Ties; and Parents' Choice approved Bus Route to Boston.