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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Little by Little

Little by Little

Spring 2008 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Author: Amber Stewart
Illustrator: Layn Marlow
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 0545061636
Hardcover Price: $12.99
Like most young children, Otto can do lots of things pretty well, such as making sand castles or being kind to others. Again, like most children, there are also a few things that require more effort. Otto, despite his otter nature, just can't get the hang of swimming. He's impatient and frustrated that he hasn't mastered this skill. But, with a bit of guidance, he learns that sometimes you have to take challenges "little by little," starting small and working at your own pace. Amber Stewart's new book provides gentle encouragement for children struggling with any task, be it swimming, tying shoes, writing or coloring neatly. Preschoolers especially will sympathize with Otto's predicament and will cheer him on as he succeeds bit by bit. The illustrations by Layn Marlow are fresh and full of innocence, rendered in sunlit shades of green, blue, yellow and brown. The large print and brief text also make this a good choice for beginning readers. This upbeat little book is worthy of a place on any preschool shelf.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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