I Could Be, You Could Be

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Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Encouraging children to use their imaginations is a wonderful endeavor and that's what this book hopes to achieve. The children think of being aliens or chimpanzees or parakeets or astronauts or clowns or horses in a circus, but in the end they are glad to be who they are. All very uplifting and told with a nice rhyming pattern. There are instructions at the end of the book on how to make a mask to be whatever the reader wishes to be. Hippopotamus anyone? One quibble is that chimpanzees are primates and have no tails. The drawings lack verve and diversity, but are sweet. Still the pairings of what each child would be sync nicely—alien boy to astronaut girl and king or queen to dragon saving the jewels. The activities at the end of the book are a bit old for the intended audience, but are doable with lots of help from a crafty person. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In this sweet story, a boy and a girl make believe they are everything from astronauts to animals in the jungle. Each spread has a rhyming couplet that begins either with "I" or "You": "I could be the king or queen/Making all the rules"; "You could be a dragon/Guarding all their jewels." This simple formula and clear writing make the story accessible for listeners who love to play pretend games as well as for beginning readers. Barroux's eye-catching acrylic and pencil illustrations are filled with vibrant color and evoke a joyful feeling. The book is great for sharing aloud and sparking discussions about imagination and pretend.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
What would you like to be? To a little boy and girl everything and anything is possible. They joyfully throw themselves into every fantasy. They can be kings or queens making all the rules. How about being a fierce dragon or a parakeet, or maybe a chimpanzee? Clowns, space aliens, astronauts, ponies—there's no limits to the imagination here. Of course, "the best thing I could ever be ...is me!" Owen celebrates make-believe with simple rhymed text in abcb form that begs to be shouted in rhythmic sing-song. Barroux's double page spreads are rendered in acrylic and pencil in the brightest of hues, with large bold-face type in varied musical styles thatcomplement the action. The cartoonlike style captures the fantastical nature of the children's games. They are just as joyful and creative when they are just being themselves, playing outdoors, reading and drawing. The children are depicted asPeanutsgeneric, which only enhances their universality. Endpapers continue the fun as the children fly off in rockets to the clouds. An afterword gives instructions for making masks and make believe. A great read-aloud for both parents and teachers and sure to spark great ideas and "what-ifs."(Picture book. 2-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846867637
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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