Me I Am!

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Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media
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Beautifully illustrated poem shouts individualism.

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Positive Messages

Encourages kids to feel good about themselves.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reprinted and re-illustrated Jack Prelutsky poem has a cute, playful message meant to inspire kids to value their own individuality. 

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Teen, 16 years old Written byram.mar18 April 9, 2008

it made me go "awww" all throughout the book

I loved it!!!

I'm even going to use it for a project in class!

What's the story?

This picture book is built around the four stanzas of Prelutsky's poem of the same title. Three unique main characters act out one of the first three stanzas, and through the accompanying illustrations, each stretches it into his or her own story. They all come together in the end (with a host of other kids) to finish off the poem and celebrate the \"ME I AM\" they each express.

Is it any good?

Jack Prelutsky's light-hearted but self-affirming poem is simple and clever, as Prelutsky poems tend to be, and kids will love it. However, this book is more about illustrator Christine Davenier's interpretation, since her drawings are what build the story. Her ink-lined water colors are at once sensitive, imaginative, and playful, and are the perfect match for the text. She has stretched Prelutsky's poem into a captivating and expressive picture book that is sure to entertain.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to be an individual. How do the kids in this book show that they are "the only ME I AM who qualifies as me"? Can you think of some things that make you unique and special?

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