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Go! Go! Maria! : what it's like to be 1
Harris, Robie H.
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Publication Information:
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2003]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
One-year-old Maria learns to do new things almost every day. Includes secondary text which describes the characteristics of toddlers.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 0.5 70855.
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HQ774.5 .H37 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Children love to hear the stories about what they were like and all the wonderful, amazing, interesting, and funny things they did when they were 1-year-olds. They also have endless questions about the wonderful year they were 1. Why do 1-year-olds want to talk all the time?Why do they ask so many questions?Why do they touch or grab almost everything they can?Why do they want to open almost everything they can?Why do most of them still suck their thumbs or fingers?How do they learn to talk in sentences?How do they learn to walk up and down stairs -- and run?Why do they still wear diapers?What's a "toddler"? The award-winning team who created Hello Benny! What It's Like To Be A Baby has created a second picture book for their series, Growing Up Stories -- books that tell enchanting stories and fascinating facts about the first five years of life.Go! Go! Maria! tells the story of Maria and celebrates her second year of life -- from walking on her own for the very first time to running from room to room, from learning how to say "No!" "Me!" and "Mine!" to asking her big brother Percy "What dat?" to pinching her friend Molly, and to singing her own name on her second birthday. Go! Go! Maria! captures the remarkable story of how 1-year-olds "grow up."Combining a beautifully told story with a myriad of fascinating facts about 1-year-olds, Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley have created another timeless book for children to enjoy and for families to share together.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-K. The second in the Growing Up Stories series, which began with Hello, Benny! (2002), is as delightful as its predecessor. This time one-year-old Maria is the star attraction, learning to walk and run, exploring the wider world outside her home, and driving her older brother, Percy, crazy. The dynamic combination of Harris' text and Emberley's sweepingly energetic cartoon-style art depicts Maria always on the move as it conducts parents and their kids through the developmental landmarks of a child Maria's age. On each double-page spread is a brief storylike glimpse of Maria in action, which can easily be read aloud to a wiggly toddler. In addition, there are several pictures (the one of Maria wearing white jockey shorts as a hat is priceless) that cheerfully capture and extend Maria's adventures in living. For grown-ups, Harris also provides a boxed inset, clearly explaining how Maria's behavior relates to child development. The large format makes the book ideal for sharing, so the learning process can be a real family affair. It's fun and fact in a lively package. --Stephanie Zvirin Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Growing Up Stories: Go! Go! Maria! What It's Like to Be 1 by Robie H. Harris, illus. by Michael Emberley, tells the story of one-year-old Maria, as she learns to walk and to say words like "Hola!," "Pap !," "No!" and "Mine!" As with their Hello Benny! What It's Like to Be a Baby, Harris and Emberley sprinkle facts about toddlers throughout the story, with tidbits about how they learn and how they play, in sidebars with spot illustrations. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 5-Including some simple Spanish dialogue, Harris tells about Maria's development in her second year. Such toddler achievements as turning on the television and learning to talk are illustrated with Emberley's cheerful cartoons done in pen, watercolor, and pastels. Accompanying text boxes discuss facets of toddler behavior in simple language. While the egocentricity of three- and four-year-olds precludes much interest in books about a younger child, and the story is too wordy for the very young, Maria! is a wonderful book to explain toddler behavior to older siblings and baby-sitters. The developmental text could also be helpful for teenage parents, who may be reluctant or unable to read the lengthy parenting tomes that are available.-Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.