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|Show me happy|
Author: Allen, Kathryn Madeline
Explores simple actions and concepts that children learn as they start to socialize and communicate.
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/14)
School Library Journal (02/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2015 PreS-Gr 1—A new offering from the creators of A Kiss Means I Love You (Albert Whitman, 2012) that is as charming as its predecessor. The large, attractive photographs of children are teamed with simple text to depict actions and emotions. Each page features the same textual formula "Show me…." One photograph features a girl interacting with a toy lawn mower for "Show me pushing," which is followed by "Show me pulling" and a photograph of a different girl pulling a younger boy in a bright wagon. The work displays opposites, emotions, and everyday activities with which young children will relate and identify. The text and images are clear and uncluttered. Young readers may feel inspired to act along with the pictures. VERDICT A fine addition to most picture book collections.—Laura Hunter, Mount Laurel Library, NJ - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/01/2015 Pushing, pulling, little, big. Going up and coming down. Big, friendly, candid photos of real kids and their families in familiar settings illustrate elementary concepts of body language, emotion, communication, and comparison in this winsome picture book. The gentle, swaying rhythm of the text makes it fun to read aloud, with clever, unforced rhymes that won’t trip the tongue. Most preschoolers will find at least one child among the many diverse faces in the book with whom they can personally identify, as well as many who might resemble friends and classmates. A boy kisses his daddy on the cheek, two brothers play with LEGO blocks, and even the dog gets a hug before we are through with this affectionate demonstration of things people can do or emotions they can feel. While this is good for teaching social and communication skills, it would be equally great at storytime. Pair this with other photographic explorations of universal feelings and experiences, such as Barbara Kerley’s You and Me Together (2005) or One World, One Day (2009). - Copyright 2015 Booklist.