Just 27 words, used repeatedly and modeled by an adorable anthropomorphic bunny, provide practice for the youngest beginning readers.
A complete, if simple, narrative reflects an experience children greet with varying degrees of delight and dismay: outgrowing favorite things. The first five sentences begin: “I am too big for….” The final seven sentences proclaim “I am just right for…” and replace outgrown items with big-kid versions of the same object: crib and bed, tricycle and bike, etc. At the hinge point of the narrative, readers are assured of Grandpa’s consistent love, even as the bunny changes. The pained expression on Grandpa bunny’s face when he picks the growing bunny up on verso is priceless, but on the facing page, both bunnies are smiling because “I am just right for him to hug.” The repeated sentence pattern guarantees success for new readers. The book’s design minimizes distraction so they will focus on the text. Each picture of the charming, nongendered bunny against creamy pastel backgrounds is paired with a single sentence printed in a large, clear type. The final pages drive home the positive message. The bunny is shown stacking blocks and reading with a younger sister while proclaiming, “I am just right for my sister. / I am just right for this book. / I am just right.”
Just right indeed. (Early reader. 4-8)