Can I Play Too?

Dial. (Little Senses). Mar. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780525553465.
PreS-K–A young boy is excited to play trains with a new friend, but fails to notice the other boy’s anger and frustration when he proceeds to completely take over their playtime. The tension continues to build until the two begin a tug of war that threatens to derail the new friendship before it has truly begun. Fortunately, a teacher finds a way to help the young boy learn some social cues by using traffic signals to indicate his friends’ emotions and identify when things may be going wrong. The text is very simple with easy-to-understand dialogue. Illustrations are in ink and pencil on watercolor paper, and are primarily in red, yellow, and green with touches of pale blue.
VERDICT A wonderful choice for anyone seeking books on social-emotional development or for use with helping kids on the spectrum better understand social cues.

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