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This third book in Stephen Krensky and Sara Gillingham’s empowerment series celebrates the feats of growing out of toddlerhood with increased knowledge. Whether comparing heavy rocks to lighter flowers, or noting that the sunlight delineates the day from the night, Krensky and Gillingham acknowledge the “small wins” of understanding the world just a little bit more. Young children and their parents will revel in the uplifting text and boldly colored retro-fresh illustrations. ...
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Overview

This third book in Stephen Krensky and Sara Gillingham’s empowerment series celebrates the feats of growing out of toddlerhood with increased knowledge. Whether comparing heavy rocks to lighter flowers, or noting that the sunlight delineates the day from the night, Krensky and Gillingham acknowledge the “small wins” of understanding the world just a little bit more. Young children and their parents will revel in the uplifting text and boldly colored retro-fresh illustrations.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this well-executed opposites-themed companion to I Can Do It Myself! and Now I Am Big! a girl with a yellow jumper and hair in neat cornrows shares her knowledge in confident, first-person rhymes. “I know rocks are heavy,/ and flowers are light./ I know bright means day,/ and dark means night,” she boasts as Gillingham shows her playing with friends or riding in the family car. The limited primary color scheme and preponderance of simple shapes bolster the idea of kids mastering the basics. Ages 1–3. Illustrator’s agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. (July)
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
PreS—In this large board book, a cheerful little girl with her hair arranged in cornrows shares knowledge from her daily life in rhyming pairs of opposites. "I know snow is cold,/and stoves are hot./If you ask me things,/I know a lot!" Illustrations show her playing in the snow with friends and standing near Dad at the stove with her hands tucked safely behind her back. Primary colors and simple shapes make the retro-chic illustrations pop. Readers will respond to the child's confidence by being proud of their own understanding of the world. This is the third of this team's empowerment titles, but it is fully successful as a stand-alone.—Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK
Kirkus Reviews
Krensky offers an unassuming celebration of a child's burgeoning knowledge about the big, wide world she lives in. In easy, rhyming verse, with only one short phrase per page, a youngster proclaims the many things she knows. For instance: "I know rocks are heavy, / and flowers are light. // I know bright means day, / and dark means night." The narrator is an African-American preschooler with big eyes, braids and a sure smile. She is depicted tossing rocks into a river and flowers into the air, riding in a car, bouncing a ball, flying a kite, painting, brushing her teeth and playing the piano, often flanked by a group of ethnically diverse children and occasionally accompanied by her father. The first-person narration coupled with the familiar scenarios presented here will make it easy for children to relate. The charming illustrations, featuring round-eyed, rosy-cheeked youngsters frolicking about, have a vintage quality and are dominated by oranges, yellows and blues. This appealingly illustrated, confidence-boosting board book will inspire little ones to think of--and perhaps catalog aloud--all of the important things they already know about their world. (Board book. 1-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613126189
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Stephen Krensky has published more than 100 fiction and nonfiction books for children. He lives with his wife in Lexington, Massachusetts. They have two grown sons. Sara Gillingham is an award-winning art director, designer, and artist who has published more than 15 books for young children. She lives with her family in British Columbia.
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