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I Can Dress Myself

I Can Dress Myself

by Birte Muller, Birte Muller (Illustrator), Marianne Martens (Translator)

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Getting dressed can be fraught with problemsespecially for little girls and their mommies.


Getting dressed can be fraught with problemsespecially for little girls and their mommies.

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Publishers Weekly

Müller's (Felipa and the Day of the Dead) breezy story centers on an independent-minded young rabbit who refuses her mother's help when it's time to get dressed. "No, thanks. I'll dress myself," Daisy insists, adding, "Rootie will help me." In a somewhat bizarre sequence, Rootie, her toy carrot, springs to life and rejects Daisy's choice of a purple dress, saying that she hates purple and asking if Daisy has any orange clothes instead. Alas, the youngster's orange sweatshirt is wet and hanging on the clothesline, and other clothing hurdles follow: her green checked pants are too small, her striped pants too big and her blue sweater is at Grandma's for mending. As Daisy resolutely puts the kibosh on each wardrobe option, her parent's patience wanes. In a wry if predictable conclusion, Daisy dons the very outfit her mother had attempted to hand her at the start. Daisy proves to be a less flexible parent than her own mother, as she firmly tells Rootie that she cannot come with them to the playground unless the carrot dons her green pants. Müller adds playful and appealing flourishes to her brightly hued, childlike art, including wall and floor coverings that mimic the colors and patterns of Daisy's apparel. A kid-pleasing extra enables readers to help Daisy get dressed: two sheets of sturdy stock offer a Daisy paper doll along with the clothing featured in the tale. Ages 3-up. (May)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1
A young rabbit and her mother decide to take advantage of the lovely day and head to the park. Before they can leave, though, Daisy needs to get dressed. Although Mother offers to help, the strong-willed youngster insists on outfitting herself, resulting in a series of unsuitable choices. Daisy's carrot-shaped doll advises her, but can't decide on her own attire. When Mother finally says, "If Rootie can't make up her mind, then we'll have to stay at home," the decision-making is done and they all embark for the day's outing. Colorful acrylic paintings capture Daisy's personality, establish the in-home setting of the story, and showcase a wide variety of apparel. A punch-out paper doll of Daisy along with punch-out clothing accompanies the book. A nice choice for group or one-on-one sharing, this entertaining, believable picture book would fit well in library collections and could be used in conjunction with themes on clothing, independence, and mother-daughter relationships. Pair it with Margaret Chodos-Irvine's Ella Sarah Gets Dressed (Harcourt, 2003).
—Lynn K. VancaCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Muller's tale, originally published in Switzerland, loses nothing in translation, proving that precocious preschoolers are alike worldwide. In this case, it's an independent young bunny named Daisy who is adamant about selecting and donning her own garb. With a fierce desire for self-autonomy-a scenario all too familiar to caregivers-Daisy draws the proverbial line in the sand, determined to handle getting ready for the park on her own. Muller exhibits a wry understanding of the dangers of getting into a power struggle with someone in the preschool years, and Daisy's mom wisely yields the battle in a strategy to win the war, which in Daisy's case is dressing appropriately for an outing. After intense deliberation and plenty of input from her favorite stuffed carrot, Daisy emerges ready for her jaunt. While Daisy's struggle for independence will resonate with young readers, their caregivers will appreciate Muller's wryly humorous take on the subject. The full-bleed illustrations are gently blurred, creating an overall effect of movement and energy entirely apropos of Daisy's personality. Bright colors and remarkably human-like expressions on Daisy and her increasingly exasperated mother further the appeal. (Picture book. 3-6)

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North-South Books, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Antonio Lozano is a journalist and children's book writer. Birte Muller is an author and illustrator.

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