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Go! Go! Maria! What It's Like To Be 1

by Robie H. Harris
Illustrated by Michael Emberley

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2003
32 pages
ISBN: 0-689-83258-3

Ages 3 - 6

As with their companion volume in the "Growing Up Stories" series, Hello Benny! (Candlewick Press, 2002), Robie Harris and Michael Emberley have teamed to create an inviting and informative book for young children about young children. In Go! Go! Maria! they turn their attention to one-year-olds. The narrative story follows Maria, a young Latina child who is just learning to walk and talk. Maria delights in mastering new skills, from turning on the TV to walking to learning words (in both English and Spanish). Over the course of the year, her abilities expand to include climbing the stairs and saying her name, as well as many other new skills. As Maria engages in typical one-year-old behavior, informational boxes feature additional text that can be used to explain why one-year-olds behave that way. The book will provide children with younger siblings a wonderful way to learn about their youngest family members. But all children will also delight in the opportunity to find out more about themselves when they were Maria's age. CCBC Categories: Understanding Oneself and Others.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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