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.
The story offers opportunities to talk about dealing with fear, negativism, self-confidence, and (in the case of Ms. Poo) respecting others.
7 to 10
4 to 8
Read with a 4-year-old child.
Borrow. The story has great value for young children about approaching life in a positive way, starting with yourself.
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.
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.
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.
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.”