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All by Myself (Little Critter) (Look-Look) Paperback – March 13, 2001

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About the Author

MERCER MAYER began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966, and since then, he has published over 300 titles. Readers can open almost any of his award-winning books and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters. Drawing from his own childhood adventures for inspiration, Mayer created one of children’s books most cherished characters, Little Critter. He currently lives in Connecticut.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 370L (What's this?)
  • Series: Look-Look
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307119386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307119384
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I recommend All By Myself by Mercer Mayer to all ages. I'm in sixth grade but I still enjoy reading this book. When I was in fifth grade, I read this book to a kindergartner and he loved it! There is a series of Mercer Mayer's books about the main character, Little Critter's, life. YOU HAVE TO READ THEM!
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Format: Paperback
I've bought a number of Little Critter books for my nieces, because they really like them.

And anyway, they're short, they're funny, they're topical, and they're cheap.

In this one, Little Critter details all the things he can do "by himself". Of course, the illustrations give the lie to his words - sure he can pour his own juice, but he doesn't say that he spills, that sort of thing.

Anyway, he very cutely does a lot of things "by himself" before reading that he can't tuck himself into bed - he needs a story.

Aw.
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By A Customer on September 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
I just bought this book for the second time. My girls (2 and 4) have almost all of the books in the "Little Critter" series. Recently, my 2-year-old took "All by Myself" on the road and lost it. Both girls want it back ASAP. (By the way, the age group rating is obviously overstated at 4-years-old since my 2-year old is a big fan.)
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Format: School & Library Binding
Mercer Mayer's - All by Myself finds Little Critter is growing up. Little Critter can ride his bike and give his bear a drink, he can kick a ball and roll on the ground, he can even look after his little sister. He helps dad trim a bush and helps mom put frosting on a cake. He reads a book to his little sister and he can color a picture. But, he cannot go to sleep without a story.

There are numerous things he can do for himself. He can get out of bed with no help, he can dress himself and brush his fur, he can put on his socks and tie his shoes. Little Critter can even pour some juice for his little sister, and, he can lend a hand to her as she eats her breakfast.

All by Myself is packed with the same child pleasing, colored pencil illustrations that are always a key component of Mercer Mayer works. Little Critter has been a longtime choice for my K - 1 students.

Many Mercer Mayer Little Critter books also feature tiny 'littler critters' who move from page to page with Little Critter and take part in his adventures, antics and exploits. All by Myself features our old comrade, mouse. The students in my present first grade class get pleasure from watching both Little Critter as his story is told; along with noting the actions of the tiny one too.

Little Critter does many of the things my students do. He dresses himself, brushes his own hair and ties his own shoes. My students regularly come to school with hair wildly awry to proudly announce, I combed my own hair. Numerous first graders tie their shoes, NOT along with shoes on the wrong feet and even now and then one black and one brown. Besides, who said striped shirts cannot be worn with flowered pants?

Mouse trails along with Little Critter from incident to escapade.
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My 2 year old loves to do things by herself at first but then the charm wears off and it back to asking Mommy to "put on my pjs, brush my teeth, put on my shoes." I bought this book hoping that it would help keep the I can do it myself exitment alive. She does enjoy the book and although she still asks me to put on her socks, after reading this book I hear it less.
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This is a simply story of Little Critter telling us all the things he can do by himself. Age appropriate for about 3-6 years old. Even though Little Critter isn't doing every activity perfectly (spilling juice and making messes) he is trying and feeling good and independent. Basically it shows Little Critter being proud of the things he can do well and the things he's learning to do, which is great for little kids because they identify with Little Critter and see they can feel proud about the things they do.

My daughter is a little perfectionist and won't try something unless she knows she'll be good at it, or gives up on trying the first couple of times she fails. So seeing Little Critter spilling juice while saying, "I can pour juice" (yeah he's pouring it just not in a cup haha!) tells her that it's okay to not get it right every time.

Unlike other reviews have said, I don't think this teaches a child anything negative or shows them the wrong way to do something. They can clearly see that Little Critter is messing up, but that's good for them because they can think, "He's just like me, he also makes mistakes." Meanwhile Little Critter is still proud of himself, because he tried. This is so encouraging and not to be underestimated.
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A Kid's Review on September 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is about a little boy who is trying to do everything by himself but there are somethings that he coldnt't do like at bedtime when he wanted to read his bedtime story. It teaches young kids to do things like get dressed and things like that. I think kids 5 and under would like this book. I thought the book was good i would have liked it more if i was 10 years younger.
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My 3 year old grandson has several of the Little Critter books and they're his favorites. After reading them to him, he wants to "read" them back to us. Since they're simple for a toddler to understand, he's able to read them almost word for word. It's a great experience for child and parents/grandparents.
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