I Look Like a Girl

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Girls are everywhere in this high-spirited book, leaping like dolphins, soaring like condors, and singing like wolves to the moon. Sheila Hamanaka, author-illustrator of All the Colors of the Earth--which School Library Journal, in a starred review, called "a poetic picture book and an exemplary work of art"--has created a book that is both playful and timely. It's an exuberant celebration of girls, active, imaginative, and free.

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Overview

Girls are everywhere in this high-spirited book, leaping like dolphins, soaring like condors, and singing like wolves to the moon. Sheila Hamanaka, author-illustrator of All the Colors of the Earth--which School Library Journal, in a starred review, called "a poetic picture book and an exemplary work of art"--has created a book that is both playful and timely. It's an exuberant celebration of girls, active, imaginative, and free.

In her imagination, a young girl assumes many shapes and forms, from dolphin and condor to wolf and jaguar.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Girls are encouraged to let their imagination go wild and be whatever they will by the narrator here, who tells us what she really is in a few sentences and some rhymes. A roaring tiger, a splashing dolphin, a galloping horse, and a soaring condor are only some of her mind's shapers. "Throw out those glass slippers...No prince is waiting for me" is her call for freedom to be "just me." And there she is on the front of the jacket/cover, the dark-eyed free spirit, smiling at us through a wall of lush tropical leaves, while the tiger with the intense stare on the back gives the clear message: "Don't mess with me!" Double-page oil paintings depict each animal metaphor with similar vigor, including only the most essential details while building emotional impact with broad areas of saturated colors. 1999, Morrow Junior Books, Ages 3 to 8, $16.00. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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PreS-Gr 2-In this vibrantly illustrated picture book, exuberant girls seem to burst both the limits of the page and the confines of traditional expectations. Each child, while engaging in typical childhood activities, is imagining a life as free and wild as that of a tiger, dolphin, mustang, condor, or wolf. "Throw out those glass slippers.-No prince is waiting for me," the girls say, but the strongly implied message is that they're the ones who aren't waiting for a Cinderella ending. Instead, these youngsters, like the animals they dream of, glory in their own outer and inner selves. The richly colored oil paintings accompanying the brief, sometimes rhyming text will delight storyhour audiences, while smaller details, like a "Cinderella" movie poster, a tiger kitten in a jungle garden, and a come-to-life stuffed monkey, will reward observant viewers. A celebration of "what is wild, in the heart-so I can be me," this book does for girls what the author's All the Colors of the Earth (Morrow, 1994) did for children of ethnic diversity.-Meg Stackpole, Rye Free Reading Room, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688146269
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.93 (w) x 11.39 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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