LET ME DO IT! by Janice Gibala-Broxholm


Age Range: 2 - 5
Email this review


 For those hoping to raise self-reliant children, Katie's parents make fine role models: Katie's mom lets her pour the milk, then--after she spills it--quietly hands her a sponge and paper towels (the latter are not environmentally correct); Dad lets her hold the hose and only laughs and shows her how to turn off the water when he gets wet. After Katie has maintained self- esteem through each mishap by helping to repair the damage (albeit with limited success--Band-Aids are stuck everywhere and her rewound yarn is more a tangle than a ball), Mom accedes to one last demand: the tot arranges her own blanket, half off the bed but ``all by herself.'' This cheery take on a typical two- year-old syndrome may be most entertaining to children who have recently moved beyond it. Paterson's buoyant illustrations, in which the mayhem Katie creates and various patient observers (including a dog and cat) are contained tidily on square, bordered pages, wonderfully extend the humor and the message of acceptance of a small child's first efforts toward independence. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-02-735827-5
Page count: 32pp
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1994


ChildrenHURRICANE WOLF by Diane Paterson
by Diane Paterson
ChildrenLOVE, LIZZIE by Lisa Tucker McElroy
by Lisa Tucker McElroy