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Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five Hardcover – July 26, 2011

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A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Picture Book of 2011

Starred Review, PublishersWeekly, May 30, 2011:
"Fisher (The Fantastic 5 & 10¢ Store) gives preschoolers a leg up on need-to-know information in this energetic collection."

Review, The Wall Street Journal, July 23, 2011:
"There's a faint haziness in Ms. Fisher's photographic style that gives her tableaux a sugared quality; you feel vaguely that you ought to be able to pluck the objects off the page and eat them."

About the Author

Valorie Fisher is the author-illustrator of When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy and How High Can a Dinosaur Count?, which received two starred reviews. She is illustrator of The Fantastic 5 & 10¢ Store and the photographer for the beloved Moxy Maxwell books. Her titles My Big Brother and My Big Sister, both Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winners, were also illustrated with photographs. Ms. Fisher's photographs can be seen in major museum collections around the world, including the Brooklyn Museum, London's Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375868658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375868658
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.3 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wow. A book that reflects everything 4 year olds are, brilliant, colorful,subversive, curious, playful, sly, emotional, hilarious, fresh, naughty and wicked smart. But wait it's got LEARNING SKILLS. I know that doesn't seem possible. How could this be? Well Valorie Fisher has somehow broken the rule that books that lay out the alphabet and numbers and opposites have to be flat. virtuous. BO-Ring. The four lambs have glasses on. The ladybug is big and the lady is the little one. Ha ha ha

Everywhere I go teachers of little kids go ape over it, but you could give it as a present and be as popular as a popsicle.
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This book is much shorter than I expected. It doesn't cover much:
-numbers 1-20
-opposites (10 sets)
-shapes
-colors
-mixing colors
-seasons
-weather
-alphabet

I thought it was going to have more concepts to talk about with my toddler (like examples of cause and effect, manners, skills) which could give me ideas for activities. Number, letter and colour books are easy to find; I thought this book would have a little something different to offer. It is so short, I think you'd be better off buying individual books about each of the "subjects". For example there are only a few opposites, whereas a book about opposites would cover more. The content of this book does not match its title!
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I got this for my grandson for his 4th birthday. It has the most colorful and interesting illustrations I've ever seen in a children's book. It is now one of his favorites and he has learned a lot reading it!
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The photos in this book are adorably staged. My almost 2 year old delights in the little idiosyncrasies and expressions on the characters. It is a lot of info, spanning letters, numbers, colors, shapes, opposites, expressions, etc. so I find it best to immerse her in one topic at a time.
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We got this from the library and my 19 month old didn't want to give it back. So I bought it! He loves the quirky pictures and the concepts. We do a "find the picture" game with it and it's always a big hit.
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My wife brought this book home from the library when my son was 2 and he just loved. We had to buy this book because my son kept asking my wife to bring it home from the library. It is a great teaching tool. Helps teach colors, numbers, opposites, and letters. My son still looks at the book as he tries to finish learning all the letters.
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This book had great information for children and it does have the basics that children should know before they go to school. The children enjoyed the bright colors and counting. Wonderful pictures for a really nice visual treat.
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I adore this book. It's perfect for all the little basic things little kids will need to have down before kindergarten. Letters. 1-20. Opposites. Shapes. Colors. Seasons. It's lovely to read with my boys every night.
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