katydid

Summary:
When Katydid looked at herself, she always concluded the same thing: “I am JUST a cricket.” Her friend Jumpina tried to help, but even she had little luck. Katydid remained doubtful about her self-worth. It wasn’t until Ms. Poo, the dung beetle, shared her treasures that Katydid’s confidence began to soar.
Educational Themes:
The story offers opportunities to talk about dealing with fear, negativism, self-confidence, and (in the case of Ms. Poo) respecting others.
Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 4-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The story has great value for young children about approaching life in a positive way, starting with yourself.
Little Kid Reaction:
Our preschooler was attracted to the book’s illustrations and pulled it from a pile of books. It took some doing, though, to get her to read the through the whole thing … and get past Ms. Poo’s name.
Big Kid Reaction:
The story is a timely one for preschoolers and kindergartners who are beginning to set their visions of the world (glass is half full or half empty). The narrative, however, is a lot to take in at one sitting, and the story doesn’t lend itself to “chapter” reading.
Pros:

The story is perfect for young children getting ready to take a big step (e.g., kindergarten), or who lack confidence in themselves. The illustrations are bright and fun.

Cons:

The book seemed wordy to us. Ms. Poo’s name (given the age of the target audience) is unfortunate, as it becomes a point of rekindling “potty talk.”


Title Katydid
Author Lynda Bulla
Publisher Katydid Publishing LLC © 2003
Illustrators Ernie Hergenroeder
ISBN 9780972427210
Material Hard Cover
Genres Animal Characters, Picture Book, Friendship, Self Worth
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