Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

No Bows!

by Shirley Smith Duke
illustrated by Jenny Mattheson

We all have likes and dislikes. Some of us are just more vocal about it than others.

The delightful contrariness of young children is celebrated in this upbeat book featuring a likeable little girl determined to get her own way.

Using only a few simple, but well-chosen words, a small child expresses clearly what she does—and does not—want through the course of a day. Her independent spirit emerges as she firmly says no to a dress, a pair of shoes, a nap. As the day ends and evening descends, however, she finally says yes…to lots of hugs and kisses from her mom and dad.

Hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-356-6
Total Pages: 32
Size: 10 x 9
Language: English
F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: LB
F&P Grade: Pre-K


“The book is destined to be a high-volume read-aloud, and much fun can be had…” ―Kirkus Reviews

“A feisty redhead asserts her sense of identity in this book of few words but strong feelings.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A gleeful romp that will delight children…” ―Booklist


Best Books of the Year Awards (nominee) ―Child Magazine 2006

Meet the Author

Shirley Smith Duke holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Austin College, and has taught in elementary, middle, and high schools. She lives in Texas. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Jenny Mattheson has illustrated several books, including No Bows!; The Mouse, the Cat and Grandmother’s Hat; Christmas Morning; The Great Tulip Trade; and Happy to Be Girls. She earned a BFA in Illustration at the Art Institute of Boston and lives in California. You can visit her website here.