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Parents' Guide to

It's Hard to Be Five

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Growing up is a challenge ... but fun, too!

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 18+

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age 18+



Is It Any Good?

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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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