I'M THE BOSS! by Elizabeth Winthrop

I'M THE BOSS!

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Age Range: 2 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The subject is clout, and how it's acquired. ``Julia [of Asleep in a Heap, 1993] was not the boss of anything or anybody and she didn't like it.'' Her parents tell her what to eat; her big sister orders her to scram; even her toddler sib hollers when she feels imposed on. Julia tries dressing like a grownup and giving orders; then she wears a ``boss'' sign and shouts. Neither garners respect. Even Mom's pacific proposal that Julia be the family's ``little boss'' backfires. However, quite accidentally, Julia finds that the family's cuddly puppy will sit, heel, or lie down on command--at least sometimes, and especially if he's rewarded with hugs. Winthrop has neatly distilled an awesome topic: power in family relationships. Even young children may begin to grasp the idea that power (and hence identity) grows from responsibility; and also that it helps to be on the receiving end of unconditional affection. Morgan's lively portrayal of the self-assured Julia augments the humor. Delightful. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: April 15th, 1994
ISBN: 0-8234-1113-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1994




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