All by Myself!

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An award-winning author celebrates childhood independence!

Button, zip, scrub, rub, paint and write -these are just a few of the things independent children can do. Aliki's fun rhyming text and lively illustrations celebrate the joys of mastering these skills, morning, noon, and night.

Ages 3-6

A child shows all the things he has learned to do all on his own.

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Overview

An award-winning author celebrates childhood independence!

Button, zip, scrub, rub, paint and write -these are just a few of the things independent children can do. Aliki's fun rhyming text and lively illustrations celebrate the joys of mastering these skills, morning, noon, and night.

Ages 3-6

A child shows all the things he has learned to do all on his own.

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Editorial Reviews

Horn Book
The mantra of young children everywhere is acted out with gusto in this enthusiastic picture book.
Horn Book
The mantra of young children everywhere is acted out with gusto in this enthusiastic picture book that zips along with a little boy as he goes about his day. Aliki lets his dog and cat make more frequent appearances than his parents, furthering the satisfying impression that he is accomplishing everything on his own.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A perky preschooler (or kindergartner) flies solo through his daily routine in this upbeat offering, which begins with a wake-up visit from the boy's pet cat. As the child washes up, gets dressed, eats breakfast, plays at school, goes to the library, etc., he is pictured on his own. Only in frames depicting his drop-off at and pickup from school and at bedtime do his parents appear. The parents' limited role reinforces the book's celebration of children's independence, even if it sometimes presents a skewed perspective of age-appropriate autonomy. The text is simple and the picture clues are ample, but the verse's rhythm and rhyme scheme are intermittently forced (e.g., "Right shoe, left shoe. Tie, comb, done! Breakfast's ready, pour, crunch, yum!"). Aliki's (William Shakespeare & the Globe) brightly hued, unadorned art convincingly conveys the protagonist's high energy and enthusiasm. A cheerful if minor addition to the author/artist's oeuvre. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature
Aliki provides a delightful look at a very busy day in the life of Peter. Her book shows him being awakened by his car and then going through his morning routine of washing, dressing and enjoying breakfast before he heads off to school. The text is often just a few words describing the actions Aliki has depicted. The boy is obviously enjoying every moment. He does everything with gusto and seems to have boundless energy. The really important message is that most of what he does, he carries out by himself. Young kids struggling with dressing and undressing will look to Peter as a real role model. How do we know his name? Because he hangs up his jacket with his name written over the peg. The back cover has a chart and asks kids what they can do by themselves. It might be fun to make a color copy and use it as a chart to keep track of progress that your child or a group of kids make over a certain period of time. Lots of fun and a nice choice for libraries, both personal and public or school. 2003 (orig. 2000), HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 6.
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Just as the title implies, this jubilant story shows and tells about a child doing all sorts of things independently. "Right shoe,/left shoe./Tie,/comb,/done!/Breakfast's ready,/pour,/crunch,/yum!" The boy goes through a typical day, getting dressed, going to school, visiting the library, practicing his violin, helping with dinner, and getting ready for bed. Aliki's colorful illustrations closely match the moods and energy levels of a five- or six-year-old. The youngster's dog and cat have almost as much personality as he has. The text has a hand-printed appearance, large and easy to read. The back cover features a chart labeled, "What can you do all by yourself?" with verbs such as wash, brush, button, zip, tie, pour, build, and write. A good choice for storyhours and beginning readers.-Sharon R. Pearce, Geronimo Public School, OK Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Essentially a followup to Robert Kraus's Leo the Late Bloomer (1971) and like tales of developing competency, this follows an exuberant child from morning washup to lights out at night, cataloguing the tasks and skills he has mastered. Activities include dressing himself and joining in school activities, choosing his own books, helping with dinner and other household responsibilities, and taking a bath alone before bedtime. In Aliki's sunny, simplified pictures, it's a child's world, seen from low angles and with adults putting in only occasional appearances. Like the lad, the fitfully rhymed text gallops along, sometimes a little too quickly—many illustrations are matched to just a word or two, so viewers aren't always given much time to absorb one image before being urged on to the next—but underscoring the story's bustling energy. Young readers and prereaders will respond enthusiastically to this child's proud selfassurance, and be prompted to take stock of their own abilities too. (Picture book. 57)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064462532
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/13/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 284,222
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Aliki has been delighting her many fans since her first book was published. A longtime resident of New York City, she now lives in London.

Aliki's books for young readers include All by Myself!, Digging Up Dinosaurs, Fossils tell of Long Ago, How a Book Is Made, Mummies Made in Egypt, My Feet, My Five Senses, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Zoo, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, and William Shakespeare & the Globe.

Aliki has been delighting her many fans since her first book was published. A longtime resident of New York City, she now lives in London.

Aliki's books for young readers include All by Myself!, Digging Up Dinosaurs, Fossils tell of Long Ago, How a Book Is Made, Mummies Made in Egypt, My Feet, My Five Senses, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Zoo, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, and William Shakespeare & the Globe.

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