Mimi Says No

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With a sense of humor unique to children, this simple yet spirited picture book explores a young girl’s growing self awareness. When Mimi’s mother offers her help in a variety of situations, Mimi says “No, I want to do it myself!” Brimming with boldness and courage, Mimi expresses her desire to dress herself, pour her own milk, walk by herself, and climb the stairs by herself. Filled with charming, hand-drawn illustrations, this lively story helps children learn to explore their surroundings and enjoy the growth ...

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Overview

With a sense of humor unique to children, this simple yet spirited picture book explores a young girl’s growing self awareness. When Mimi’s mother offers her help in a variety of situations, Mimi says “No, I want to do it myself!” Brimming with boldness and courage, Mimi expresses her desire to dress herself, pour her own milk, walk by herself, and climb the stairs by herself. Filled with charming, hand-drawn illustrations, this lively story helps children learn to explore their surroundings and enjoy the growth process.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mimi is a small molelike child with a purple dress, yellow hat, and big personality. As her mother gently urges Mimi to let her help with tasks like getting dressed, pouring milk, and using the slide, Mimi asserts her independence--"NO I'll go up the ladder myself!" Her determination results in spills, disappointment, and tears--the last of which is remedied with a hug. The soothing mixed-media illustrations and characters' animated actions make it an endearing lesson about consequences, while assuring unconditional love. Available simultaneously: Mimi Loves to Mimic. Ages 3-5. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS—The adorable Mimi (an unidentified critter with a turnup snout) is a typical toddler learning to do things on her own. In Mimi Loves to Mimic, she tries to read like her mother but ends up napping, attempts to play the trumpet like her father even though her loud playing isn't quite like his, and makes her own version of Grandma's soup. In Mimi Says No, the youngster's independent streak continues as she learns a new favorite word. She says, "NO I'll dress myself!" even though her outfit ends up backwards, "NO I'll pour my own milk!" as it spreads all over the table, and more. The illustrations are simple yet colorful.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
Kirkus Reviews

In this twinned salute to toddler traditions, one entry swims and the other flounders. Mimi is a young animal drawn with black cartoony outlines, energetic expressions and postures of busy motion. Not surprisingly, her chorus is a favorite of two-year-olds everywhere. " 'Mommy is going to dress you now, ok?' 'NO I'll dress myself!' " She wrestles, Olivia-like, with her purple jumper, achieving eight positions in a single spread. The pattern stays steady--one offer from Mommy, one NO, one chaotic upshot--until the gently silly twist at the end, when Mimi screamingly refuses a hug because she wants to bestow the hug herself. Its companion title, Mimi Loves to Mimic (ISBN: 978-0-9787550-8-9), tries to give the same treatment to imitative behavior, but the structure falters. At first, Mimi copies an adult action to the refrain "just like Mommy" or "just like Daddy," but then the text wanders away from that strict format, losing its magnetism. Add this title to large collections; leave Mimi Loves to Mimic behind and hunt up Frank Asch's classic Just Like Daddy (1981) instead. (Picture book. 2-4)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978755072
  • Publisher: Heryin Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/9/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,009,720
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Yih Fen Chou is a licensed psychologist, a licensed Montessori teacher and preschool director, and the editor of Heryin Publishing House in China. She lives in Alhambra, California. Chih-Yuan Chen is the illustrator of several children's books, including Artie and Julie; The Best Christmas Ever; and Guji, Guji. He has won numerous awards, including NCTE Best Picture Book of the Year and Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Book of the Year.

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