4 out of 4 stars
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Ellie Oop's book, Thank You, Me, encourages children to look at their bodies as the miraculous creations that they are. Each one of its brief poems is dedicated to a different body part.
The poems begin with a cutesy nickname for the assigned body part, such as "squeezers" for hands or "huggums" for arms (but these are followed by the anatomically correct terms). The poem then goes on to mention the various uses and functions of the body part. Most of these are simple, such as your mouth "licks jams and jellies / giggles and snickers." However, they can also be more complex: "My round middle…feels my lungs breathing / buttons my belly / feels my heart beating."
Each poem is nine lines long. Even though there's no rhyming, they have a delightful cadence and rhythm. Alongside each poem is an illustration of a young girl using the body part discussed. These colorful illustrations look like watercolor paintings and are aesthetically pleasing. The only possible critique I could give for this book is that I wish it hadn't been the same girl on every page. I think it would have been nice to show boys and girls with diverse backgrounds. However, I'm not going to hold that against the book.
Thank You, Me is great for teaching body awareness, especially for readers between the ages of three and six. Parents will enjoy reading this aloud to their children and helping them figure out all of the amazing things their bodies are capable of doing. In addition to learning the names of body parts, the book's rich vocabulary offers parents an opportunity to explain potentially new words, such as "puckers," "wobbles," and "dangles."
I like that the book included body parts that aren't typically mentioned in books like this, such as the skin, bones, and torso. At first, I thought the nicknames were a little obnoxious. However, when I read the book aloud to my three-year-old, we ended up having a lot of fun with them.
In this 38-page book, I only found one error, and I believe the book was professionally edited. I cannot think of a single reason this book doesn't deserve 4 out of 4 stars.
Thank You, Me
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