FICTION

I Am Just Right

illus. by David McPhail. 32p. Holiday House. Mar. 2019. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780823441068. POP
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Toddler-PreS–A young rabbit finds himself growing and changing in many ways and is slightly unsure about it all. "I am too big for my crib… I am too big for my shirt." He Has outgrown his shoes and his tricycle. He is sad when he realizes that he is too big for Grandpa to pick him up: however the journey to self-acceptance begins when he notices that although Grandpa can't pick him up, he most certainly can hug him. As he acquires some "big boy" items like a new bed and a new bike, he begins to realize that he is "just right" the way he is. Intricately drawn pastel illustrations capture a range of emotions as the protagonist deals with confusion, frustration, and then the joy of acceptance.
VERDICT With simple text and soothing pastel drawings, this book will clearly resonate with toddlers and preschoolers who are growing and changing. An excellent read-aloud or lapsit selection.

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