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I Can Do It Myself!

by Diane Adams
illustrated by Nancy Hayashi

Emily Pearl can do lots of things by herself. But sometimes even resourceful little girls need help.

Emily Pearl is a very big girl. She can pour her own juice. 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. Luckily for Emily, her mom understands and gives her a helping hand.

Diane Adams’s delightful, rhyming story of one child’s determined quest for independence is complemented by Nancy Hayashi’s charming illustrations that colorfully capturing the chaotic ups and downs in the life of a preschooler.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-471-6
Publication Date: 3/1/2009
Page Count: 32
Size: 8-1/4″ x 10″
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-725-0
Publication Date: 8/1/2013
Page Count: 32
Size: 8-1/4″ x 10″
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
F&P: GRL H, Gr 1, Genre RF
Themes: Creativity, Fear, Independence, Security
BISAC 1: JUV000000 JUVENILE FICTION / General
BISAC 2: JUV013000 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General
BISAC 3: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories

Reviews

“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 Reviews

“With rounded forms and muted hues, the watercolor, ink, and colored-pencil artwork illustrates the story in pleasant, sometimes witty pictures.” ―Booklist

“Both for storytimes and one-on-one sharing, this tale is told in a fresh, yet familiar way.” ―School Library Journal

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“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

“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

“I think that all parents with preschoolers will love this book!” ―Momma’s Bacon

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Awards

Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2010

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

Meet the Author

Diane Adams is an art and writing teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands. She lives in California. You can visit her website here.

Meet the 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.