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Author: Dan Andreasen

Illustrator: Dan Andreasen

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Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon & Schuster's Childrens,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A young boy tells us about all of the things he can do. His list of superlative accomplishments are made possible with the support and assistance of his Dad. With this book, toddlers & preschoolers can learn how to express their pride in and love for others.

Type of Reading: family reading, bedtime story, read aloud

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 3

Age of Child: Read with 2½ year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: This was an immediate hit, with a whole series of "again" when we read it at the first sitting. Our young daughter loved the story and saw quickly tried to immitate all of the things the young, blue elephant did.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a quick, fun read. The sentences phrase pride and accomplishment in the way that toddlers do (and say).

Pros: The superlatives all fit things that a toddler can do--and reiterate the things parents want them to learn (like being polite)!

Cons: There are a few. If you have a little girl who is a literalist, she won't have much fun. And while toddler-speak is great for the kids, it can get tedious for parents asked to read it over and over and over again.

Borrow or Buy: This one could go either way. It's a perfect Father's Day gift from a child. Then again, there isn't enough story to make it a permanent part of a library over the long term.


Educational Themes: This is mostly a story about celebrating "look at me" the way toddlers and preschoolers love. You might get in a lesson here or there, but it's really just a daddy-and-me celebration.

Notes: Reading Tub reviewer borrowed this book at the public library.

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, family

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2004

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