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I Want to Be Somebody New! (Beginner Books(R)) Hardcover – January 27, 2009
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Spot, who is better off in the circus than the zoo (seriously, read the original, because it rocks) is bored with being himself, so he decides to play around and change shapes. Will he be an elephant? A giraffe? A mouse?
We already know the ending - he's going to find out that his own shape is best. The only thing now is to find out WHY his own shape is best.
Well, it's not best because he can do things in that shape, or because other people are familiar with it, or because it's just a nice shape to be in, or even because he has opposable thumbs. It's best because elephants are too fat to go on see-saws, because birds nest in giraffe's ears (???) and because people put out traps to catch mice. Oh, and because his juvenile friends are judgmental brats who don't love their friend for who he is and support him in this crisis but tell him "We don't like you like that" every time.
Sheesh. I'm not sure if I even want to give this one away, but I guess it'll be less of a pain in a full classroom of books where each kid reads it about once or twice instead of over and over again.
I like the final message of the story: like yourself for who you are, but I don't really care for the way in which this message is conveyed. It's not that Spot discovers that he doesn't need to change to please others or himself, but on the contrary he finds that his friends are very judging about his new shapes: they don't like the elephant cause he's fat, the giraffe is too tall and the mouse is too small.
Children can be very harsh with their opinions without introducing a book that encourages this. As I said, the final message is great, but I think there are better ways of getting there.
However, my son likes this book. It's not his favorite but he does pick it up once in a while. He's 3y.o. and especially likes saying along with me the magic words "one, two, three, now look and tell me what you see" as Spot transforms himself each time.
Truthfully, however, I don't recommend it. There are better children books out there. On a similar subject I prefer for example "Happy birthday to you!" by Dr. Seuss, which celebrates the fact of being oneself "I am what I am! That's a great thing to be! If I say so myself, happy birthday to me!"
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3-year-old great-grandson likes this as a followup to his current favorite, Put Me In the Zoo.Published 11 months ago by Jean Sensel
This is the sequel to my favorite childhood book, Put Me in the Zoo. I love it and so does my 3 year old.Published 17 months ago by Clare
I have bought this book for all of my grandkids to read. Great message as well as a fun read.Published 19 months ago by Sandy
Great follow up to Put me in the Zoo. My 5th graders realized to theme of being happy with who you are and what you have to offer instead of wanting to be someone else.Published 21 months ago by mary allen