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Children's LiteratureWritten and illustrated by Carlson, this picture book is one that will inspire today's kids to get out and get active. Carlson starts out with a positive message of self-acceptance: we're all born with different body types and they're all perfect for each of us. Then she leaps into the picture book's main premise—our bodies are our own and it's up to us to take good care of them. She details the many great reasons to exercise, from making new friends (like team mates or playground buddies) to going new places (like to the lake for canoeing with your dad or helping your mom in the backyard garden). But what if you're stuck inside babysitting your baby brother on a boring afternoon? There are fun suggestions on how to get active in that type of scenario, too. The brightly-colored pictures feature childlike animals and are done in Carlson's exuberant signature style. My only concern with the look of the book is the layout of the text: sometimes a sentence is set at the top of a two-page spread, centered between the two pages and spanning the book's 'gutter,' which is a bit difficult to read, but this is a minor point. Overall this is a good book for a parent or teacher wishing to encourage kids to make physical fitness a part of their daily life. With childhood obesity a growing concern in our nation, this title would be useful in libraries, schools, and homes. A natural tie-in to celebrating many 'awareness' weeks and days, particularly the week in which families are urged to turn off the television in favor of healthier diversions. 2006, Viking/Penguin, Ages 3 to 8.