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I Can Do It Myself! Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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Throughout the day, Emily Pearl takes every opportunity to show what a big girl she is, proudly taking charge of household duties independently. As the refrain of the rhythmic, rhyming text goes, “And if just for one second her mom tries to help, / Emily says, ‘I can do it myself!’” So she can, though as the illustrations repeatedly show, her confidence far exceeds her competence. Whether or not preschoolers recognize the humorous disconnect between words and pictures, they will certainly respect her point of view. They will also enjoy seeing familiar household activities, from making a peanut-butter sandwich to brushing teeth, in a picture book. A turnaround comes at bedtime, when Emily Pearl is finally ready to ask her mother to read a story, give a hug, and find her teddy bear. With rounded forms and muted hues, the watercolor, ink, and colored-pencil artwork illustrates the story in pleasant, sometimes witty pictures. An accessible choice for reading aloud. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Carolyn Phelan
"The interplay between art and text will work well for the group reader who can enjoy the spontaneous giggles that will erupt at storytime..." ?Kirkus
"...witty pictures..." ?Booklist
"Both for storytimes and one-on-one sharing, this tale is told in a fresh, yet familiar way." ?School Library Journal
"...I took this book back to the library last week, unbeknownst to Monkey Georgia who asked for it that very night and burst into tears when it wasn't there. I requested it again from the library immediately..." ?Fun Mama blog
"...Young children will surely recognize themselves in Diane Adams's delightful, rhyming story of one child's determined quest for independence. Nancy Hayashi's charming illustrations complement the text, colorfully capturing the chaotic ups and downs in the life of a preschooler." ?It's Time to Read Mamaw blog
"I think that all parents with preschoolers will love this book!" ?Momma's Bacon blog
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Emily Pearl can tie her shoes, spread peanut butter, draw a picture and many other things. Just ask her and she will tell you "I can do it myself."
The author is so in touch with this subject and brought it to light in a fun way with her talented writing of the characters she created.
The illustrations are outstanding depicting the activities of Emily Pearl and the reactions of the mother presented by the author.
This is a darling book that our children will definitely relate to and so will all the parents.
I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publisher for review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion.