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I Wish I Was Strong Like Manuel
     

I Wish I Was Strong Like Manuel

by Kathryn Heling
 

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Willie goes to elaborate and comical lengths to be strong like Manuel. He thinks being strong makes his best friend Willie look like a superhero. In the quest to be strong, Willie comes up with a multitude of ingenious ways of getting there. What one person might dislike about themselves may be just the thing that someone else would envy. Willie grows in appreciation

Overview

Willie goes to elaborate and comical lengths to be strong like Manuel. He thinks being strong makes his best friend Willie look like a superhero. In the quest to be strong, Willie comes up with a multitude of ingenious ways of getting there. What one person might dislike about themselves may be just the thing that someone else would envy. Willie grows in appreciation of his own uniqueness.

The I Wish series (I Wish I Was Tall Like Willie, I Wish I Was Strong Like Manuel, I Wish I Had Glasses Like Rosa, I Wish I Had Freckles Like Abby) explores the issues of self?esteem, self?acceptance and friendship for children. Kids are reminded to like themselves "just the way they are!" through humorous situations and outlandish schemes.

Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
This is a funny book that children will enjoy. As with prior books in the series, I Wish I Was Tall Like Willie is a recommended book for young children.
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Willie wishes that he were as strong as his buddy Manuel. The story describes his efforts at strength building, from lifting weights to trying to carry the heaviest log when doing yard work with his father. He also tries to camouflage his scrawny muscles by wearing water wings under his sweater (when one gets a leak and deflates, he moans, "I'll never do THAT again!") to walking around with his football shoulder pads on after practice. The pencil-and-watercolor illustrations do a nice job of tying the emotion of the story together with the text, deftly capturing the facial expressions of Willie and Manuel throughout the story to the surprise at the end: while Willie still wishes he were "strong like Manuel," "Manuel wishes HE was tall like me!" Poor grammar aside, this might fill a need for titles on character education and individuality.—Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Half Hollow Hills Community Library, Dix Hills, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781621670209
Publisher:
Raven Tree Press, LLC
Publication date:
03/12/2012
Series:
I Wish Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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