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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows a kid struggling with growing up and independence and ultimately accepting his new role in the world.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the message of this picture book is very positive and contains nothing objectionable.
Is It Any Good?
IT'S HARD TO BE FIVE is a remarkable book with outstanding illustrations and a true-to-life message. The tug and pull of the 5-year-old's struggle with his "control buttons" is clearly echoed in the rhyming language, which kids will surely enjoy. Though at times the rhymes are a bit stilted, the playful print and rhythm of the words on the page add to the fun. Vibrant, colorful, intricate illustrations complete the message in a way that seems kid-like and entertaining.
Though It's Hard to Be Five is playful and silly, the message is an important one: Growing up can be tough, and it can be frustrating. Kids will learn that "some fun things are hard. And some hard things are fun." And by learning to forgive themselves for their mistakes, kids will find their own mind and own heart.
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