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A young boy describes himself as old enough to feed the fish, bold enough to hold a worm, and sweet enough to give a gift, in a self-esteem story that show's his exhilarating steps toward independence.
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Seeds for stories are out there, and seeds can be anything--a situation, a setting, a little bit of dialogue. JUST ENOUGH was born from all of the above. I was visitng my cousin Janie. Her son, Joshua, was almost four-years-old then. When Joshua charged over shouting, "I can lift this whole house," a beautiful, wide-eyed seed stared me in the face. I didn't know for certain if Joshua was spouting about a toy house or the house in which we stood, but that didn't matter. Young children are capable of doing so many satisfying things by their own steam, and I reflected on that. Before driving home, I scribbled down everything a young child could do in a day, ending with the greatest achievement, a bedtime separation.
I knew immediately that I wanted to begin each page with an attribute: small, old, sweet. But it took some brain jostling to come up with a brief, rhythmic text that would invite a child to sing along. Once I had the beat, it was a matter of selecting simple vocabulary, matching single syllable adjectives to the count (doubles wouldn't do), adding an inner rhyme, and progressing the character through the day.From Publishers Weekly:
Rather than describe their preschool hero in terms of snips and snails and puppy dog tails, Daniels (The Feet in the Gym) and Jessup (Grandma Summer) rely on 19 simple but evocative and always affirming adjectives for inspiration, such as "small," "strong," "quick" and "wild." For example, as the redheaded boy is seen making a pizza crust and mopping up a glass of juice that he's accidentally knocked over, Daniels writes, "STRONG enough to pound the dough. CLEAN enough to wipe a spill,/ an apple juice/ on the loose/ spill." It's an intriguing narrative conceit, but one that gradually runs out of steam, in large part due to Daniels's word choices ("clean" doesn't feel like the right word for describing the boy's sense of domestic responsibility). Jessup's illustrations are the book's saving grace: with perspectives that range from extreme close-ups (chubby fingers holding a slimy worm) to lyrical panoramas (a family gathered under a starry sky), he captures a world that is a bona fide boy's paradise. Ages 2-5. (Sept.)
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