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YOU CAN BE ANYTHING

Author: Gary Craig

Illustrator: Gary Craig

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Publisher: Elora Media, LLC,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Encouraging prose about dreaming big and becoming anything you want sills this book. The text reminds you that it comes through hard work, positive thoughts, and not listening to people who put you down. This is a rhyming book with an affirmation for a child to believe in their dreams.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.3

Age of Child: Read with boy who is 3½ years old.

Young Reader Reaction: My son listened politely, but was not overly engaged with the book. There wasn't a story to follow.

Adult Reader Reaction: There were too many illustrations (or too few words on each page) to keep me interested. Given the target audience, the text was too abstract for a 3-year-old, and while it might be better understood by older kids, they would find the book "babyish." I was not fond of the illustration style.

Pros: Parents looking for books with positive affirmations about what it takes to reach your dreams will find them in this book.

Cons: The text rambles and is abstract. You are constantly turning the page in mid-sentence because there are so few words per page.

Borrow or Buy: Skip.

If You Liked This Book, Try: HOORAY FOR YOU!: A Celebration of You-ness   MOMMY DO YOU LOVE ME?   THE SAD MAD GLAD BOOK; The Anatomy of Your Attitude

Educational Themes: There are positive messages about self confidence, perseverance and dreaming big if you can capture the right age. They need to be old enough to understand the concepts, but young enough to want to read such a short book.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 2.3
Complement this book with I Can Be Anything Creative Activity Book

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, poetry, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2008

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