I Can Do It Myself!

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Emily Pearl is a very big girl. She can pour her own juice. She can tie her own shoes. She can feed her goldfish. She can even curl her own hair. Whenever her mother tries to help, Emily says, "I can do it myself!"But even a very big girl like Emily can sometimes feel a teeny bit small, especially at bedtime when dark shadows creep across the walls of her bedroom. Lucky for Emily, her mom understands and gives her a helping hand.

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Overview

Emily Pearl is a very big girl. She can pour her own juice. She can tie her own shoes. She can feed her goldfish. She can even curl her own hair. Whenever her mother tries to help, Emily says, "I can do it myself!"But even a very big girl like Emily can sometimes feel a teeny bit small, especially at bedtime when dark shadows creep across the walls of her bedroom. Lucky for Emily, her mom understands and gives her a helping hand.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
The approaches children take to learning to work independently are as individual as the children themselves, but they are uniform in one requirement: no help from anyone else! Emily Pearl makes the same admonition again and again, "I can do it myself!" As she takes on more and more tasks of daily life, she insists on figuring out how to complete the work without instruction or assistance. Parents will relate to the combination of exasperation and patience expressed by Emily Pearl's mother as she watches over her daughter's efforts. The illustrations capture the energy of each attempt and the inventiveness of each solution, which seems unique to the fresh view of the world held by the very young. The role of the supervising parent (in this case the mother) is thoughtfully handled and presented almost exclusively in the illustrations. She never intervenes ahead of Emily Pearl's attempts to "do it myself," but it is clear she is ever present and keeping a watchful eye on her enterprising daughter. The rhyming text makes this a good read-aloud story, and the illustrations add visual sub-text, expanding on each task Emily Pearl sets out to accomplish. This book would be a good selection for pre-school or lower elementary school story hour. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Emily Pearl is "a very big girl" who is determined to be self-reliant. She pours her own juice (through a funnel), ties her own shoelaces (more or less), and can make herself a sandwich. She says she is able to do many things, although the illustrations tell a different story. The page that shows Emily Pearl copying the cat's cleaning habits is a wonderful, amusing example of how the pictures belie yet expand on the text: "She can wash her own face." Throughout the day, as her mom tries frantically to help or clean up after her, the child's refrain is, "I can do it myself!" "But at bedtime, when shadows creep over the wall,/Emily Pearl feels a teeny bit small," and she turns to her mother for a hug and a story. Hayashi's cheerful watercolors vary in size from spreads to small vignettes and help give the story just the right pace. Both for storytimes and one-on-one sharing, this tale is told in a fresh, yet familiar way.-Jane Marino, Great Neck Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Emily Pearl is just big enough to terrorize the household with her can-do attitude: "And if just for one second her mom tries to help, / Emily says, 'I can do it myself!' " As in this simple refrain, approximate and exact rhymes roll rhythmically along while Hayashi's watercolor, pen and colored-pencil art tells the real story. The text treats Emily as if she were the big girl she thinks she is, while the illustrations reveal a loving environment where a wise (and sometimes exasperated) mother allows her confident daughter to learn. Emily begins pouring herself juice through a funnel into a glass, uses a toilet-paper roll and clothespins to curl her hair, plays trombone upside down, delivers cat food on the back of her fast-moving remote-control car, until bedtime, when the shadows fall and she welcomes Mom's hug and a good story. The interplay between art and text will work well for the group reader who can enjoy the spontaneous giggles that will erupt at storytime or for one-on-one in-the-lap fun. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561454716
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,032,932
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

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    Emily Pearl is like many of our little girls and boys in that s


    Emily Pearl is like many of our little girls and boys in that she wants to do everything for herself. Usually the problem at her age is that it is not done how we hope it to be done. Most of the time there will be a mess to clean up like in Emily Pearl's case. She gets it done and if her mom asks to help her she tells mom, "I can do it myself". Some of us may have heard or hear " Me do it!" or "NO!!! Me do!!".


    Emily Pearl can tie her shoes, spread peanut butter, draw a picture and many other things. Just ask her and she will tell you "I can do it myself."


    The author is so in touch with this subject and brought it to light in a fun way with her talented writing of the characters she created.


    The illustrations are outstanding depicting the activities of Emily Pearl and the reactions of the mother presented by the author.


    This is a darling book that our children will definitely relate to and so will all the parents.


    Disclosure:

    I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publisher for review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2009

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    Emily Pearl is a very big girl!

    Emily is a typical two to three year old who wants to do everything by herself. She does really well until nighttime, when shadows creep over trhe wall. Then she lets her mom do a few things that make everything okay. It's a story of learning to be more independent while still being able to call in mom or dad when you're a teeny bit afraid. It's a fun read and kids really seem to relate to her antics.

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