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Books can be for silly times or quiet, for reading alone or sharing . . . but always to enjoy. A small child discovers their magic for the very first time in this exuberant ode to book ...
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2001-10-15 Hardcover New COLLECTIBLE. FIRST EDITION 2001. FIRST PRINTING WITH FULL 10 DIGIT NUMBER LINE, thus a First Edition & First Printing. New hardcover with dust jacket. ... Fully and beautifully illustrated. Nice tight bright book. Text is clean and unmarked. No remainder marks. Packaged carefully in a box and sent promptly with a tracking number in US. Satisfaction guaranteed with fast, friendly service. Thank you for your order. Read more Show Less

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Overview

I like the way you open.
I can turn your pages by myself.
I like the way you close.
I can put you on my shelf.

Books can be for silly times or quiet, for reading alone or sharing . . . but always to enjoy. A small child discovers their magic for the very first time in this exuberant ode to book appreciation by award-winning poet Kristine O'Connell George. Brightly colored illustrations are a perfect match for the spare, rhyming text, and thick pages with rounded corners make this a special first "real" book for baby.

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, New York Public Library "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing"

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"A vibrant celebration to welcome toddlers to the world of reading." Booklist, ALA

A treat that will have everyone who hears it enjoying his or her own books just a little bit more, as well as inspiring the newbies.
Kirkus Reviews

In this celebratory title, a child receives his first book. From the magical moment he unwraps the gift until he nods off in bed, the cheerful toddler explores all the joys and the practical applications that his new treasure has to offer.
School Library Journal

George and Smith present and endearing homage to the pleasures of books. . . .George needs only a few words on each spread to convey the boy's unadulterated happiness. . . .Smith makes it clear that, while Book represents and exciting new chapter in the boy's life, his gift also fits neatly into his cozy world.
Publishers Weekly

null Children's Books: 100 Titles NYPL

Publishers Weekly
"[A]n endearing homage to the pleasures of books."
Publishers Weekly
George (Little Dog Poems) and Smith (Beach Day) present an endearing homage to the pleasures of books. When the toddler narrator opens a present and discovers a volume entitled Bunnies, he and the book immediately become inseparable except for a brief moment when he observes its ingenious design: "I like the way you close./ I can put you on my shelf." The book can also be donned as a hat, loses no appeal when turned upside down and can be appreciated by a wide range of audiences from the pet cat to an infant sibling ("I'll show you to the baby"). George needs only a few words on each spread to convey the boy's unadulterated happiness ("I'll give you a hug, Book!"). Smith's pared-down, full-bleed acrylics with warm, subtly variegated backgrounds play up the hero's tiny but expressive eyes as well as the ongoing presence of the cat and a checkered stuffed elephant. Smith makes it clear that, while Book represents an exciting new chapter in the boy's life, his gift also fits neatly into his cozy world. Ages 2-4. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This rhymed poem, celebrating the gift of a book to a small child, is a delightful introduction to the joy books offer. Sturdy, colorful pages show a dark-haired little boy ripping open a package that is flat and square to discover a book about bunnies. On a bright yellow background, observed by a plaid green stuffed elephant and a white Siamese cat, our entranced friend carefully examines each page. From there, he praises the many things he can do with his new book, which include reading to the cat, wearing it as a hat, and climbing into Mommy's lap. An especially endearing illustration shows the boy reading the book in his secret place under the dining table. The last illustration shows him hugging his book to sleep. Parents and teachers will want to hug this book and share it with the first preschooler they meet. Enthusiasm for books is the best way to nurture literacy. This book should be in every preschool classroom. 2001, Clarion, $9.95. Ages 1 to 5. Reviewer:Jackie Hechtkopf
School Library Journal
PreS-In this celebratory title, a child receives his first book. From the magical moment he unwraps the gift until he nods off in bed, the cheerful toddler explores all the joys and the practical applications that his new treasure has to offer. Smith's deeply colored, playful acrylics depict the youngster through the day as he puts the book onto the shelf upside down, reads it to his cat, and uses it as a ticket to mom's lap for cozy storytime. Rounded, stiff paper pages ensure that this title will withstand repeated readings. The fact that it offers a pleasurable introduction to books is an added benefit.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A flat and square gift yielding a brand-new book turns out to be all the entertainment that one young boy needs for a full day of fun. Even when he has finished looking at the pictures and reading it, the boy discovers many other things to do: "I can read you to the cat / or upside down, or maybe / wear you like a hat!" The exuberance of the last few pages will have young listeners shouting along with this little guy. "We'll read you warm and snug, / Book! / I'll give you a hug, Book! / Open wide. / Look inside. / Book!" Vibrantly colored illustrations are ideal for young readers with great washes of color and bold lines that bleed off the edge of the heavy, card-stock pages. A treat that will have everyone who hears it enjoying his or her own books just a little bit more, as well as inspiring the newbies. (Picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395982877
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristine O'Connell George, one of the principal voices in contemporary children's poetry, has received the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award and the Promising Poet Award. She lives with her family in Agoura, California.

Maggie Smith has illustrated many picture books, some of which she also wrote. My Blue Bunny, Bubbit is the first book she written as well as illustrated for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. An accomplished sewist and owner of the Etsy shop Maggierama, she lives in Seattle, Washington. Please visit her at www.maggiebooks.com.

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I like the way you open.
I can turn your pages by myself.
I like the way you close.
I can put you on my shelf.
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