I Know a Lot!

I Know a Lot! illus. by Sara Gillingham. 12p. Abrams/Appleseed. 2013. Board $6.95. ISBN 978-1-4197-0938-8. LC 2012045732.
PreS—In this large board book, a cheerful little girl with her hair arranged in cornrows shares knowledge from her daily life in rhyming pairs of opposites. "I know snow is cold,/and stoves are hot./If you ask me things,/I know a lot!" Illustrations show her playing in the snow with friends and standing near Dad at the stove with her hands tucked safely behind her back. Primary colors and simple shapes make the retro-chic illustrations pop. Readers will respond to the child's confidence by being proud of their own understanding of the world. This is the third of this team's empowerment titles, but it is fully successful as a stand-alone.—Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK

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