Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

56)I am Me by Karla Kuskin

on March 23, 2012

Kuskin, Karla. I Am Me. Illustrated by Dyanna Wolcott. Simon and Schuster, 2000. 32 pages. ISBN: 0-689-81473-9.

When a gathering of relatives at family beach outing mingle, her family points out a little girl’s physical characteristics that match each family member. From having the same “coloring” skin, feet, and thinness, like her dad, to her voice like Aunt Jen’s–“quite low,” “to her eyebrows like grandma Ann’s, her Mother’s ears, eyes, and chin,  and her smile like her aunt Grace.  The child understands and agrees that she is a combination of her relatives, each body part relating to a feature of someone in her family. Although her physical characteristics are made up of many people, she shouts out that she is still her own person “Me”. The pages are beautifully illustrated, with gouache and watercolor paintings of a family playing, swimming, and relaxing at the beach together. The text includes rhyming words that make this picture book a fun read, while noting the importance of individuality. (Picture Book 3-6). Author’s website can be found at http://www.karlakuskin.com/. No illustrator website.

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