For Just One Day

For Just One Day

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by Laura Leuck, Marc Boutavant
     
 

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For just one day, I'd like to be a busy, buzzing bumble...BEE!

What child hasn't pretended to be a monkey, a bear, or a bumblebee? After imagining the fun of being a variety of animals from around the world, a sweet ending—and an attached mirror—remind little ones that the very best thing they can be is exactly who they are.See more details below

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For just one day, I'd like to be a busy, buzzing bumble...BEE!

What child hasn't pretended to be a monkey, a bear, or a bumblebee? After imagining the fun of being a variety of animals from around the world, a sweet ending—and an attached mirror—remind little ones that the very best thing they can be is exactly who they are.

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KIRKUS REVIEWS
"...any child will most likely be happy to play the game..."
Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
A young boy longs to leave his blah and troublesome world and solve his problems using various animal characteristics. He imagines himself swimming like a crocodile during a rainstorm, being a scary bear to frighten away bullies, climbing like a monkey to reach high branches, floating like a butterfly and more. Eventually he decides to just be himself but values the fun and opportunities of being able to pretend. A small mirror at the end invites the child readers right into the story encouraging them to wonder which animals they might like to be and why. The occasional switch in font may be confusing to children trying to read it on their own but the large illustrations and lilting rhymes offer ample clues and would enhance audience involvement during a read-aloud. The illustrations have a retro feel to them; large, round-eyed kids and creatures frolic in soft, muted colors printed on thick recycled-feel paper, adding to the charm of this fanciful story of imagination and possibilities. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
Publishers Weekly
Schoolchildren imagine themselves as chimps, whales and butterflies in this fantasy. The layout builds suspense, with ellipses preceding each page turn: “If I could have a spiky spine/ I'd get to be a.../ porcupine!” thinks a girl as she brushes her unruly hair and then, in animal form, has luxurious spines combed by a patient bunny. The children's choices sometimes improve their lives, as when a nerdy boy walks past two teasing kids: “For just one day, if I could dare,/ I'd be a growling grizzly.../ bear! I'd give my brother quite a scare,/ if I could be a grizzly bear.” (As a bear, he cups the bullies—who have turned into mice—in his paw.) Evoking 1970s illustration, Boutavant's (All Kinds of Families!) eccentric digital art features lithographs' grainy textures, fine lines and saturated colors; his doe-eyed, bobble-headed characters resemble the kids from the “Love Is...” comic. Leuck (I Love My Pirate Papa) crafts bubbly if predictable verse; a mirror on the final page helps salvage a wordy conclusion about preferring “to be/ that special someone, that is.../ me!” Up to age 4. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
A group of kids painting pictures in what seems to be a school setting launches a series of playful day-dreams as they imagine what creature they might like to be "for just one day." The rhyming narrative marches through a smattering of wildlife fantasies featuring a bee, a crocodile, a chimpanzee, a butterfly, a snake and so forth. The upbeat rhymes are active and visual: "But what if I could swim the Nile- / and be a creeping... / Crocodile! / I'd have the sharpest, snapping smile, / if I could be a crocodile." The book's downfall is a distance created between the characters and the readers. The group of kids painting in the beginning don't bear much resemblence to the children pictured throughout, creating a weak, unfulfilled visual narrative. Boutavant's funky modern/retro illustrations definitely add freshness, and any child will most likely be happy to play the game, but without a unified narrative, nothing's asking them to stick around. (Picture book. 3-6)\

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811856102
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
08/19/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
457,469
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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