You Are Two

illus. by Karen Klassen. 24p. Owlkids. Sept. 2016. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781771470735.
Toddler-PreS—Celebrating the joys and milestones that occur during a child's second year, this picture book is elegant in its simplicity. "First you could walk and now you can run. In the blink of an eye, you are up and down the stairs." Mixed-media collage illustrations offer a vintage feel to the story. One page depicts a blond, tawny-cheeked cherub of a toddler holding a black rotary phone to his ear. Klassen's characters range from Asian to white to African American. The concise text shows toddlers exploring and growing as they learn and have new experiences. "You know so many things now that you are two. What you know best is your own mind." O'Leary wraps the narrative up with the proclamation of never-ending love between parent and child.
VERDICT Consider purchasing for medium to larger collections looking for picture books about toddlers doing what they do best: growing with a smile.

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