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I Am Me! Library Binding – June, 1996

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From Publishers Weekly

Every archeologist started out as a child who loved to dig, and a penchant for baking may presage a career as a chef, proposes this simple book. Following the statement "When I grow up I want to be," a succession of career-clad children form a portrait gallery of potential professions: fireman, carpenter, ballerina, librarian, doctor, etc. Then the focus changes to the present, and spreads show children climbing, hammering, dancing, reading and bandaging a teddy bear. Most of Brandenberg's (A Fun Weekend) smiling, doll-like children gaze out from the pages in standing, frontal poses, changing mainly in hair and skin color, and, of course, attire. With the round-faced, wide-eyed figures and pared-down compositions, the art bears more than a casual resemblance to the work of Brandenberg's mother, Aliki (see Hello! Good-bye!, reviewed below), implying yet another factor in choosing a career. Ages 2-5.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-An excellent offering for toddlers. Starting with "When I grow up I want to be..." the book lists several occupations, each pictured simply and clearly with children illustrating the professions, one per page. The text then continues: "But for now I am ME, and I will..." and the children are shown in play activities that relate to what they eventually hope to be. For example, the librarian-to-be is reading a book, the archaeologist is digging in a sand pile, etc. The book is printed on stiff white pages suitable for small hands, and each illustration is squarely framed by brightly colored lines. Cheerful and useful for the very young.
Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books (J); 1st edition (June 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152009744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152009748
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,572,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the second book of Brandenberg's I've tried, and it was perfect for my younger neice. Rather confused at having to answer "what are you going to be when you grow up?" she found the philosophy of this book (be what you are now, and it will grow into something else) helpful; now she answers "I sing." The adults are sometimes stumped, but what better answer could she give?
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