Children can pretend to be many different animals by putting their faces up to the large die-cut hole at the center of this interactive board-book offering.
This is a combination/reprise of two prior Asch titles: I Can Blink Like an Owl (1997) and I Can Roar Like a Lion (1997). Against a plain blue background, each page depicts a large, simply rendered animal figure with a hole where the face would be so that when children put their own faces up to the book, they are transformed into a lion, mouse, turtle, walrus, pig, duck, cow, horse, goat, and more. Each image is paired with a first-person statement that encourages the child to sound like or move like an animal: “I can baa like a sheep” and “I can puff my cheeks like a squirrel,” for example. On the final page, children’s faces will form the center of a cheerful flower, and the accompanying words “I can be anything!” are a fitting conclusion to this celebration of imagination and pretend play.
Great for adults and children to share, taking turns playing the parts of various animals. For more fun, have a mirror handy so kids can be delighted by their own transformations. (Board book. 2-4)