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All by myself
Bates, Ivan.
Personal Author:
First HarperCollins edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollins, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Reading Level:
460 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 35671.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 28665 Guided reading level: J.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Every day Maya's mother picks leaves for breakfast with her long trunk. Then one day Maya decides she wants to pick the leaves-- all by herself!

One little elephant plus one tall tree can only mean one big problen. Luckily, Maya's mother thinks she just might have the answer....

A warm and reassuring look at a plucky little elephant who is determined to start growing up.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. A youngster's sudden urge for independence is the familiar theme of this sweet story about an elephant. Every morning, Maya's mother uses her long trunk to gather juicy leaves from the tall trees for herself and Maya to eat. One day, Maya declares, "I want to do it, all by myself," and launches some ingenious attacks on the tree, swiping at the leaves with a fallen branch, blasting the tree with water from her trunk, and finally, desperately charging into the tree headfirst. Animal friends offer to get the leaves for her, but Maya politely refuses. It's Mom who comes to the rescue, lifting Maya high into the air so that she can reach her target "all by herself." Even though Maya didn't really do it all alone, youngsters will still embrace the ending as Maya's victory, strongly identifying with the little elephant's stubborn insistence to succeed. Bates depicts the action in pleasing, sun-splashed watercolors that will appeal to the target audience and show well in a story-time setting. --Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

This reassuring tale with sun-dappled watercolors of the African plains will strike a chord of recognition in preschoolers and those who love them. Maya the elephant and her mother eat leaves for breakfast every morning: "Maya's mother would reach her long trunk high into the branches of a tree and pick the juiciest leaves for them to eat together." Then one day, Maya insists on getting the leaves herself. She makes three valiant attempts including charging the tree in hopes of knocking the leaves loose, but all she gets is a headache. Her jungle neighbors offer their help, but Maya is intent on going solo. At last her mother hits on a way to help her daughter help herself "to the very best breakfast she'd ever had." Making his debut as a writer, Bates (Just You and Me) displays the same economy in his text as governs his crisp watercolor-and-ink drawings. A generous use of white space keeps the focus on the winning little elephant, and the dazzling sunlight begins to cast shadows by book's end, attesting to the patience of both parent and child. Youngsters making their first forays into independence will find this a satisfying parable. Ages 3-7. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved