I BELIEVE IN ME by Lorie Ann Grover

I BELIEVE IN ME

From the "Wonderful Me" series
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Age Range: 1 - 3
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Even at a very young age, there are so many things that kids can do!

This rhyming text is a joyous celebration of all the things that very young children can do as they grow from babies into toddlers. The examples span a range of developmental stages, beginning with simple actions such as standing and eating independently to spinning and jumping. The text bounces gleefully with internal rhymes, creating a celebratory tone sure to make children giggle. Laudably, the accompanying illustrations feature characters with a variety of skin tones, hair types, and ages. Additionally, the book is not limited to positive emotions: While most of the drawings burst with joy, there is also a page celebrating a child’s ability to cry. Unfortunately, while the pages include racially diverse children, they are not so diverse in terms of ability: There is one child with glasses, one who appears to have a hearing aid, and one with leg braces, but there is no child who uses a wheelchair or is otherwise obviously disabled. Particularly in a book that celebrates ability, this feels like a glaring omission. Overall, though, the book is child-centric, featuring only two adults in all of the pages, reinforcing its premise that children (and their amazing bodies) are the stars of their own worlds.

Joy abounds. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Jan. 7th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-338-28624-3
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2019




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