100 Things I Know How To Do

Abrams Appleseed. (100 Things). May 2021. 40p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781419743269.
PreS-K–”Tiptoe,” “Say hello,” “Zig-zag,” and “Play tag,” are just the opening lines of this companion to 100 Things I Love To Do With You and 100 Things That Make Me Happy. Particularly salient due to the times we are in, this work is a look at freedom without hesitation or current restrictions, as in the parent and child “Eating out” have no masks. Characteristically bright and colorful illustrations fill every page, and the variety of playful fonts adds life and movement to the actions depicted. Schwartz visually demonstrates the dual aspects of independence that are portrayed throughout the text. Independence can be community and solitary at the same time. Children and families in these pages do things alone, or together. Schwartz makes it all look like a breeze.
VERDICT With dynamic sets of rhyming pairs to read aloud or all alone, this book makes the mere act of existing and doing into an all-day celebration.

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