Krensky offers an unassuming celebration of a child’s burgeoning knowledge about the big, wide world she lives in.
In easy, rhyming verse, with only one short phrase per page, a youngster proclaims the many things she knows. For instance: “I know rocks are heavy, / and flowers are light. // I know bright means day, / and dark means night.” The narrator is an African-American preschooler with big eyes, braids and a sure smile. She is depicted tossing rocks into a river and flowers into the air, riding in a car, bouncing a ball, flying a kite, painting, brushing her teeth and playing the piano, often flanked by a group of ethnically diverse children and occasionally accompanied by her father. The first-person narration coupled with the familiar scenarios presented here will make it easy for children to relate. The charming illustrations, featuring round-eyed, rosy-cheeked youngsters frolicking about, have a vintage quality and are dominated by oranges, yellows and blues.
This appealingly illustrated, confidence-boosting board book will inspire little ones to think of—and perhaps catalog aloud—all of the important things they already know about their world. (Board book. 1-3)