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I AM WHO I AM by Bruno Hächler


by Bruno Hächler, illustrated by Iris Wolfermann

Age Range: 2 - 3

Pub Date: July 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7358-2299-3
Publisher: NorthSouth

A Swiss import explores children's earliest existential queries. A little girl with Asian features looks into the mirror: "Am I me? / Or am I you? / Am I one? / Or am I two?" She is joined by a multiethnic group of young preschoolers, and the questions continue in the same rhyming format. There is an unfortunate mismatch between words and pictures that undermines this developmentally intriguing approach, likely due to translating German into rhymed English. "Do I hurt? Do I feel bad?" appears over a child whose nose is entirely missing and one with bunny ears; on the facing page, "Am I happy?" appears to refer to a (smiling) child who is floating in midair. Those families who can take advantage of it may wish to consult the original, Ich bin wie ich bin; others should give this a miss. (Board book. 2-3)