BE A MAKER by Katey Howes

BE A MAKER

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Follow along as a child makes a spaceship, a friend, and a difference in her community.

“Ask yourself this question in the morning when you wake: / in a world of possibilities, today, what will you make?” Upon waking up, a young girl uses her imagination and things she has at home to make a tower, a drum set, and a spaceship. When she ventures outside, she makes a new friend. Working together, they make a lemonade stand and then make a donation to the local park. Finally, they make a choice to help more in order to make a difference in their community. Howes speaks to readers in rhyming verse about the many things they can make, intentionally repeating the verb throughout. Including themes of creativity, imagination, music, engineering, relationships, economics, and community service, she creates a powerful message about making choices to be proud of. Vukovic uses mixed media, including watercolors and crayon, to create lively, striking illustrations. The pictures capture a child’s imagination and how ordinary things can be made into something extraordinary. Together the text and the illustrations create an excellent read that will empower readers to reflect on their own lives and make a change or two or three. The unnamed protagonist has brown skin and long, dark braids; her friend presents white.

This is more than just a book about making and engineering: Make an excellent choice to add this to the shelves. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 5th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-5124-9802-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Carolrhoda
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2019




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