I Can Do It Myself!
Emily Pearl is a very big girl. She can pour her own juice. She can tie her own shoes. She can feed her goldfish. She can even curl her own hair. Whenever her mother tries to help, Emily says, “I can do it myself!”
But even a very big girl like Emily can sometimes feel a teeny bit small, especially at bedtime when dark shadows creep across the walls of her bedroom. Lucky for Emily, her mom understands and gives her a helping hand.
Young children will surely recognize themselves in Diane Adams’s delightful, rhyming story of one child’s determined quest for independence. Nancy Hayashi’s charming illustrations complement the text, colorfully capturing the chaotic ups and downs in the life of a preschooler.
Author & Illustrator
Nancy Hayashi has illustrated seven picture books, including I Can Do It Myself!, Bunny Bungalow, which won a 2000 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award; Wanda's Monster, a CCBC Choice; and What Did You Do Today?, also a CCBC Choice. She lives in California.
“The interplay between art and text will work well for the group reader who can enjoy the spontaneous giggles that will erupt at storytime...” ―Kirkus
“...witty pictures...” ―Booklist
“Both for storytimes and one-on-one sharing, this tale is told in a fresh, yet familiar way.” ―School Library Journal
“...I took this book back to the library last week, unbeknownst to Monkey Georgia who asked for it that very night and burst into tears when it wasn't there. I requested it again from the library immediately...” ―Fun Mama blog
“...Young children will surely recognize themselves in Diane Adams's delightful, rhyming story of one child's determined quest for independence. Nancy Hayashi's charming illustrations complement the text, colorfully capturing the chaotic ups and downs in the life of a preschooler.” ―It's Time to Read Mamaw blog
“I think that all parents with preschoolers will love this book!” ―Momma's Bacon blog
Parents' Choice Recommended Award ―Parents' Choice Foundation 2009
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (primary) ―Kansas National Education Association 2010
Missouri Building Block Picture book Award (nominee) ―Missouri Library Association 2010
Best Children's Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education 2010