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I can do it myself
Fisher, Valorie.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 27 cm
Combines boldly colored photography and affirming text in an upbeat approach to elementary childhood milestones that encourages young children to practice such independent skills as tying shoes, making beds, and writing letters and numbers.
Reading Level:
330 Lexile.

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HQ2037 .F57 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HQ2037 .F57 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HQ2037 .F57 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HQ2037 .F57 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Can you tie your shoe? Write your letters and numbers? Make your bed? Or set the table? Can you do it by yourself? Children and parents alike will rejoice as 4- to 6-year-olds achieve these important childhood milestones (and many more) with the help of this engaging and fun picture book.

Award-winning author-illustrator Valorie Fisher uses bright, gorgeous photos to illustrate these topics in a completely fresh way. Parents will love this stylish and funny approach to common childhood tasks, while kids will revel in the joy of independence.

Author Notes

VALORIE FISHER is the creator of the back-to-school favorite Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; How High Can a Dinosaur Count?, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winners My Big Brother and My Big Sister. She is also the photographer for the beloved Moxy Maxwell books by Peggy Gifford. Valorie lives in Cornwall, Connecticut, with her family and a colossal collection of tiny toys. Learn more at

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Here's a compendium of important concepts for young children seeking more independence to master. Fisher uses a mix of toys, photographs, real children, and small dolls to illustrate her bright, boldly colored pages, exuding a retro feel. Polka-dotted endpapers lead readers into a collection that includes how-to's on brushing teeth, setting the table, making a bed, and recognizing patterns. A double-page spread on writing numbers from 0 to 10 demonstrates, using tiny insects and arrows, the pencil strokes required, while also spelling out the word for each number. Alphabet pages share both upper and lower case letters, as well as an animal or object that begins with each letter. I Know My Shapes, I Know My Colors, and I Use Scissors are followed by a page of colorful shapes cut and arranged into simple pictures. Use this title as a companion to Fisher's Everything I Need to Know before I'm Five (2011), with more engaging lessons children will be eager to learn.--Owen, Maryann Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a natural follow-on from Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five, Fisher champions preschool self-actualization in this upbeat how-to, illustrated with close-up photographs of children and tiny plastic toys. Along the pages' vertical edges, statements like "I know my left" and "I know my right" refer to larger-than-life photos of a child's left and right hands and feet. A spread titled "I hold my pencil" demonstrates left-handed and right-handed techniques. (An all-inclusive spirit is implicit in the activities and the various skin tones of the children and dolls.) To illustrate the heading "I brush my teeth," she pictures inch-tall dolls maneuvering an actual-size toothbrush around a stylized set of dentist-office-demonstration teeth. For "I make lemonade," a tall doll saws a lemon in half and a much smaller doll sweeps up grains of spilled sugar. Throughout, Fisher favors eye-popping colors and buoyant patterns, and she also combines photos and diagrams: crawling plastic bugs and multidirectional arrows help readers trace letters and numbers. From dressing oneself to mastering colors, patterns, and even making the bed, Fisher's encouraging book balances the known and the new. Ages 3-7. (July)? (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Pres-K-This book, with an apt title, is a checklist for preschoolers or kindergarteners. It begins with learning left and right, includes learning colors and shapes, and ends with making fresh lemonade. Illustrations demonstrate writing grips for both the right hand and the left, giving an easy-to-follow technique for holding a pencil. There are examples of how to form numbers and letters in which the order of the steps is color-coded. The book also includes simple words, shapes, and colors, as well as information on how to get dressed. Trouble comes when the book attempts to show how to tie shoes. There are so many more child-friendly ways to teach a youngster this skill ("bunny ears.") than the one used here. Making a bed is oversimplified, but this would be a good reminder for a child who has already learned the basics. Illustrations combine photographs of dolls, toys, and children. The photos of the children performing tasks are the most successful. Overall, this book tries to do too much for too many ability levels. While there are some useful sections, it is recommended as an additional purchase.-Mary Hazelton, formerly at Warren & Waldoboro Elementary Schools, ME (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.