I Can Do It Myself!

Summary:

Emily Pearl doesn't need help. She is a big girl. Emily can get her own food, she can tie her own shoes, feed the cat, fold her clothes, clean her room. She does it all! But what about bedtime? Is Emily still a big girl?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Everyone can enjoy this picture book that celebrates a child's independence AND gives parents a tool for encouraging kids to be more active in their family. This is a perfect book to use as an easy reader.

Content Awareness Factors:

None!


Little Kid Reaction

"I'm just like Emily, Mom." We read this together, with our daughter reading Emily's part: "Emily says, 'I can do it myself.'" Then she went back and read it all herself.

Parent Reaction

This is a refrain every parent hears almost as soon as our kids can put together a sentence. The author has very cleverly and graciously given caregivers help in encouraging and channeling your child's independence. I particularly loved that Emily folds her own clothes! The illustrations add to the story with clever representations of just how Emily accomplishes her tasks (pouring juice into a funnel anyone?)

Type of Book:
This picture book shares a little girl's story about being independent.
Educational Themes:

Parents will love the opportunity to add more things to their children's to-do lists! That said, the story also reminds us that there is more than one way to do things, with plenty of examples of creative problem solving. Some of the illustrations (like Emily standing in a dresser drawer) will also give you the chance to talk about safety.

Reading Level:
1.5
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
5 to 8
Recommended Age To Read Together:
2 to 6
Age of child:
Shared reading with a 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book that you'll read over and over for many years. It also has great potential as an easy reader.

Title I Can Do It Myself!
About
Author Diane Adams
Publisher Peachtree Publishers © 2009
Illustrators Nancy Hayashi
ISBN 9781561454716
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Family, Growing Up
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