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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.