How I Did It

illus. by Anoosha Syed. 32p. Flowerpot. Apr. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781486712113.
PreS-Gr 2—This is the story of the letter "I," who sees a world of possibilities at every turn. I pops off the page of a classroom notebook and in spite of the skepticism of the other letters sets out to look around. After a tumble off the desk, I picks itself up and realizes "I could do it!" and is joined on this new adventure by the letter "U." The book is part of a series whose goal is to empower young readers to overcome adversity through compassion and peace. The cartoon illustrations use bold, saturated colors, with exciting sequential art driving the narrative. Each of the letters has a distinct personality conveyed through expressive facial features and the text. The writing encourages literacy skills and makes heavy use of alliteration and creative vocabulary.
VERDICT With a range of characters, amusing wordplay, and a positive message, this title makes an engaging classroom read-aloud in a kindergarten or early elementary setting, while older readers would also enjoy exploring the text and illustrations independently.

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