I'm not /

by Smallcomb, Pam; Weinstock, Robert [ill.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, c2011Edition: 1st ed.Description: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780375961151; 0375961151; 9780375861154 (trade).Other title: I am not.Subject(s): Individuality -- Juvenile fiction | Best friends -- Juvenile fiction | Friendship -- Juvenile fiction | Picture books for childrenSummary: A young girl discovers that best friends can enjoy and do well at different things as long as they are good at being friends.
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Evelyn is lots of things. Circus performer. Antarctic explorer. I'm not.<br> <br> Here is the perfect book for children who feel like their outgoing friend is oh-so-talented . . . and they're not. Our shy narrator lists all the things that her best friend, Evelyn, is good at--from jumping on the bed to roller skating really fast. Luckily, Evelyn points out what makes her so special: she's a one-of-a-kind true blue best friend. Robert Weinstock's hilarious illustrations wonderfully complement Pam Smallcomb's simple text, perfect for young children. This sweet depiction of friendship shows--in a completely fresh, original way--that everyone is special.<br> <br> <br> From the Hardcover edition.

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A young girl discovers that best friends can enjoy and do well at different things as long as they are good at being friends.


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Horn Book Review

Evelyn is a lot of things that her friend, the unnamed narrator, is not. For instance, Evelyn is a fashion guru ("lampshades are the new black!" and "sweatbands are making a comeback!"), an artist, and a circus performer. Outgoing and imaginative, Evelyn has a very different personality from her practical friend. But just when it seems that Evelyn must be good at everything, the narrator realizes that there are certain things she does better than Evelyn: she's not "stinky at spelling" or "scared of the dark." When Evelyn wonders if she can find anyone who "through thick and thin" can be a "true-blue friend," the narrator shouts "I am!" since she recognizes that their unique qualities are what make them great best friends. The story flips the oft-repeated title phrase from a negative to a positive, and Weinstock's spare but animated illustrations (replete with amusing speech bubbles) add additional humor to the witty narrative, which is reminiscent of James Marshall's George and Martha books. The varied page designs -- full-page, spot-art, double-page, and frames -- complement the text's conversational style. Perfect for shy children who feel inferior to their ber-talented best friend or sibling, this book will have them stating proudly "I'm not." cynthia k. ritter (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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