Is That Josie?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Reminiscent of Jean Marzollo's Pretend You're a Cat, this sweet book is a clever introduction to the game of make-believe. As Josie pulls on her turtleneck shirt, her mother asks, ``Is that Josie in those green and yellow stripes?'' Josie answers, ``No, it's a turtle. Peekaboo, where are you?'' Narahashi (I Have a Friend) portrays a warm and loving parent-child relationship by first showing Josie's real-life activites, then picturing her with the animals she is mimicking. An illustration of Josie in the tub (``Is that Josie making waves in her bath?'') becomes Josie and dolphins ``diving deep.'' The game ends when Josie finally admits to being ``Mommy's big girl'' as her mother tucks her into bed. The spare, glowing pastel watercolors represent Narahashi at her best, but the text lacks the zest and lilting charm of her collaborations with Mary Serfozo (Who Said Red?; Rain Talk). Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-``Is that Josie peeking out of bed?'' ``No, it's a sly fox hiding in her den.'' So begins the game that this imaginative youngster plays with her parents. Whenever they pose a question about her identity, the girl claims to be a different wild creature-a kangaroo, an oppossum, an eagle, and more-and mimicks its behavior. With simple text and watercolor paintings with strokes evocative of Japanese brush work, this portrayal of an Asian-American family is elegantly natural. Animal illustrations are full page, while those that focus on the child's inspirations are cameos effectively surrounded by white space. The endpapers are equally inviting. Exuberant Josie nearly bounces off the pages whether she's in the bath (as a dolphin) or at the sink (as a crocodile with shiny white teeth). Ready for bed, she is ``Mommy's big girl,'' in an ending just right for children learning to recognize wildlife or imitate movement. An infectious choice for story time, too.-Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
Kay Weisman
In this imaginative picture book, a young girl involved in ordinary, everyday activities pretends to be different animals. When Mommy asks, for instance, "Is that Josie peeking out of bed?" she replies, "No, it's a sly fox hiding in her den." In response to her mother's questions, Josie also makes believe she is a turtle, a kangaroo, an ant, a possum, a cheetah, an eagle, a hippopotamus, a dolphin, and a crocodile--before allowing Mommy to hug her tightly at bedtime. The pastel watercolor illustrations lovingly depict this dramatic game. Questions and pictures of Josie's real actions appear on the right-hand page of each spread; her animal-like poses and a sketch of the creature she portrays appear on the left-hand side of the following spread. A good choice for story hours, where children will enjoy anticipating the answers to Mommy's questions, this will also make a good lead-in for creative dramatics games.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689506062
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 8/29/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.33 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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