Can You See Me Now?


Philip loved his new present from Grandma Gertrude: a camera! He wanted to remember his special day and started taking pictures of everyone who came to celebrate with him. But his sister Cynthia made sure she was in every one ... and Philip got more annoyed with each shot. Then he snapped. Now he was mad and Cynthia was sad. Was there a way to fix it?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This picture book presents emotions and events that every child (even those without siblings) can relate to. Although Philip's birthday is the catalyst, it is easy to apply this to other events, too.

Content Awareness Factors:

The illustrations, while colorful, don't really do the story justice. It might actually be fun (since this is a story about pictures) to use photographs to illustrate the book.

Little Kid Reaction

Beyond commenting that Cynthia wasn't very nice, our child didn't have much to say about this book. It wasn't one we could bring her back to share again.

Parent Reaction

This is an excellent story, and we would like to revisit it with our daughter again, maybe when she is six. We like how it covers the full range of emotions for Philip, and how he studied the situation (after Cynthia was crying) and came up with an idea that would bring him happiness, too.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book that explores ego, empathy, and understanding.
Educational Themes:

With this book you can explore emotions, problem solving, and create "what would you do" discussions. This is perfect for social stories where you are working through sibling rivalry, selfishness, or sharing.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with 4½-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is book that will come in handy more than once, particularly if you have more than one child at home.

Title Can You See Me Now?
Author Cynthia Dwyer
Publisher Thumbprint Press © 2006
Illustrators Lynnette Schuepbach
ISBN 9780967768588
Material Hard Cover
Genres Family, Emotions and Feelings, Self Worth
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