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I am just right
2019
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The boy in this book is too big for his crib, his shoes, and his tricycle. And he is too big for Grandpa to pick up. But he is just right for his big-boy bed, his new shirt, and his bicycle. And he is just right for a hug from Grandpa, for his sister, and for this book. He is just right! Delightful illustrations by David McPhail make this confidence building picture book just right for preschoolers and kindergarteners. A celebration of self-acceptance, growth, and change!
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School Library Journal Review
Toddler-PreS-A young rabbit finds himself growing and changing in many ways and is slightly unsure about it all. "I am too big for my crib... I am too big for my shirt." He Has outgrown his shoes and his tricycle. He is sad when he realizes that he is too big for Grandpa to pick him up: however the journey to self-acceptance begins when he notices that although Grandpa can't pick him up, he most certainly can hug him. As he acquires some "big boy" items like a new bed and a new bike, he begins to realize that he is "just right" the way he is. Intricately drawn pastel illustrations capture a range of emotions as the protagonist deals with confusion, frustration, and then the joy of acceptance. -VERDICT With simple text and soothing pastel drawings, this book will clearly resonate with toddlers and preschoolers who are growing and changing. An excellent read-aloud or lapsit selection.-Kristen Todd-Wurm, Middle Country Public Library, NY © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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This simplest of books offers a strong message to preschoolers, who are starting to realize they are not the babies or toddlers they once were. A little rabbit boy tells readers he's too big for his crib, too big for his shirts and shoes. McPhail, a master of the small moments, puts his bunny alone on the pure white page and visually pulls the humor out of experiences as the child grapples with things he's outgrown. But with putting things behind comes opportunities for new experiences. He may be too big for Grandpa to pick up, but he's just the right size for a hug. New clothes fit better, and now he can be a big brother. The last page echoes the title: I am just right. Although there is only a line of text on each page, the book offers plenty of opportunities for discussion. Pair this with titles from Rosemary Wells and Kevin Henkes that also look closely at early childhood development.--Ilene Cooper Copyright 2019 Booklist
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