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Person Can Be ..., A

by (author) Kerri Kokias

illustrated by Carey Sookocheff

Publisher
Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Category
General, Emotions & Feelings, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781525304873
    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
    List Price
    $21.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 3 to 7

Description

A one-of-a-kind book that shows how naughty and nice (and other opposite qualities!) can describe the same person --- at the same time!

This deceptively simple book uses children's everyday experiences to explore the complexities of human nature. Each page features an illustration of a child embodying two seemingly contradictory characteristics, with the named characteristics as the only text. For example, “Unlucky and lucky” describes a boy whose bouquet of balloons makes him lucky, but since one has floated away, he's unlucky at the same time. On another page, a girl making sure that the food she's pouring lands in her cat's bowl is careful, but since her foot has knocked over the bag of food, she's clumsy as well. And another girl climbing a tree to retrieve a kite is brave, but she's also afraid. Full of clever observations, it's sure to pique children's curiosity about all the ways people can be, while making them wonder --- How many different things am I?

Kerri Kokias has crafted a unique and thoughtful picture book that gives children the vocabulary to identify the emotions, attributes, and personality traits of complicated humans everywhere. Both serious and lighthearted, it validates feelings, fosters emotional intelligence, and provides a wealth of social emotional learning. It's perfect for conversations about how other people can be, and how children sometimes feel they are themselves. Carey Sookocheff's sophisticated artwork makes the dual characteristics clear, and at the same time, moves each of the character's stories forward, until all of them (a total of 10, each appearing twice) are gathered together at the playground, “Different and the same.”

About the authors

Kerri Kokias is the author of Clever Hans and Snow Sisters. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her family.

Kerri Kokias' profile page

CAREY SOOKOCHEFF is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series, Sprout, Seed, Sprout! and What Happens Next. She is also the author/illustrator of Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems and Wet. She loves all kinds of stories, except for scary ones. She lives in Toronto with her family and their dog Rosie.

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Editorial Reviews

... a positive book that will be a guaranteed hit with young children!—CM Magazine (Praise for You Might Be Special)

Good fun for those shouty storytime crowds.—Kirkus Reviews (Praise for You Might Be Special)

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