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KATYDID

Author: Lynda Bulla

Illustrator: Ernie (Hergie) Hergenroeder

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Publisher: KATY-DID Publishing, LLC,

Material: hard cover

Summary: When Katydid looked at herself, she always concluded the same thing: “I am JUST a cricket.” Her friend Jumpina tried to help, but even she had little luck. Katydid remained doubtful about her self-worth. It wasn’t until Ms. Poo, the dung beetle, shared her treasures that Katydid’s confidence began to soar. This is a picture book about understanding and accepting yourself.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 7

Age of Child: Read with a 4-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler was attracted to the book’s illustrations and pulled it from a pile of books. It took some doing, though, to get her to read the through the whole thing … and get past Ms. Poo’s name.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story is a timely one for preschoolers and kindergartners who are beginning to set their visions of the world (glass is half full or half empty). The narrative, however, is a lot to take in at one sitting, and the story doesn’t lend itself to “chapter” reading.

Pros: The story is perfect for young children getting ready to take a big step (e.g., kindergarten), or who lack confidence in themselves. The illustrations are bright and fun.

Cons: The book seemed wordy to us. Ms. Poo’s name (given the age of the target audience) is unfortunate, as it becomes a point of rekindling “potty talk.”

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The story has great value for young children about approaching life in a positive way, starting with yourself.

If You Liked This Book, Try: HOPALONG JACK AND THE BLUE BUNNIES   REGULAR LU   I AM A LOVABLE ME!

Educational Themes: The story offers opportunities to talk about dealing with fear, negativism, self-confidence, and (in the case of Ms. Poo) respecting others.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, friendship, self worth

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2006

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