Almost

Summary:

Almost-six-year-old Jack lists all the ways he is almost grown up. He can almost wear big clothes, except they are his big brother's and he wants them back. He can ride a bike, well almost. He falls off and gets chased by his big brother, the true owner of the now damaged bike. He also shows how he can make robots and almost ride a skateboard.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This fun, easy-to-read story is a book that every kid can relate to.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

My daughter picked this book because she liked the title and front cover. She laughed when Jack's big brother chases him around trying to get his shirt back. She also said she understood how he felt and wanted to try things herself but was just too young!

Big Kid Reaction

I enjoyed the simple message of accepting yourself at your current age. I am glad she enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure she would relate to a story about a boy, but clearly she found it relevant for her, too.

Type of Book:
This picture book is for kids who think big!
Educational Themes:

The message in this book is that you can have plenty of fun at your current age. One way to bring the book to life would be to ask your child to list things s/he can do now that they couldn't do a year (or two) ago. Jack's activities also encourage kids to try new things ... and that is good at any age.

Reading Level:
1.1
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read by a 5-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. If your child is having a hard time accepting his age or jealous of an older sibling this would be a great book to read with them. The story validates their feelings, but also reinforces that they are great where they are. Libraries will likely stock

Title Almost
About
Author Richard Torrey
Publisher Balzer + Bray, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2009
Illustrators Richard Torrey
ISBN 9780061561665
Material Hard Cover
Genres Family, Emotions and Feelings, Self Worth, Growing Up
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