I Can Help

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Overview

"Uh-oh. I'm lost," a little duck says.

"I can help," says a monkey, who swings down from a tree and points out Mama duck. 

Then the monkey loses his balance! Who can help him?! Giraffe can!

 

And so the fun begins in this story, beautifully illustrated in watercolor and line, about how easy it is to help someone in need. 

 

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Overview

"Uh-oh. I'm lost," a little duck says.

"I can help," says a monkey, who swings down from a tree and points out Mama duck. 

Then the monkey loses his balance! Who can help him?! Giraffe can!

 

And so the fun begins in this story, beautifully illustrated in watercolor and line, about how easy it is to help someone in need. 

 

I Can Help is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Each animal has offered a solution suited to its skills, and the words are easily memorized with their variations: perfect intellectual engagement on the preschool level." —Newsday

"The animals' predicaments will be familiar to young children, and the concept of helping is right on target for the always-eager-to-lend-a-hand audience. Costello's animated art tells a lot of the story, and there's enough easily resolved tension to keep things lively." —Horn Book

School Library Journal
PreS—This simple tale of helpfulness is a charmer. A little yellow duck lives side by side with monkeys, giraffes, gorillas, and elephants. He is wandering through some tall grass when he stops and says, "Uh-oh. I'm lost." A monkey in a tree answers, "I can help." On the following spread, the duck says, "Thank you, monkey!" as he is reunited with his mother. That episode is followed by the monkey needing help, with a giraffe coming to his assistance. The story continues this pattern throughout the book. The text is sweetly illustrated with descriptive pictures. After one reading, most children will pick up on the pattern and be able to read the book by themselves. This endearing story of friendship should have broad appeal for most libraries serving preschoolers.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374335267
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 400,571
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David Costello is the author of Here They Come! He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

    Deceptvely Simple

    I bought this book for my twin grandchildren, a boy and a girl not quite two and a half years old. They don't sit still for many books but they did for this one, asking me to read it "Again!" many times. The text is very simple, but each page can be elaborated on to make the story more involved and to provide for interaction. The pattern has one animal character needing help and getting it from another animal, but then becoming the helper for the next animal. The illustrations show an older family member being very happy to see the younger one's problem being solved. The story teaches some simple facts about nature, as well as the importance of helping those in need and of saying "thank you."

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

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    A Future Classic

    I've been teaching for over 15 years and I know what makes a quality picture book that can teach and entertain children. I Can Help has the humor and heart of a classic with the artwork to back it up. This beginning reader truly is a "charmer" that I'll be using in the classroom for years to come.

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