Friday, July 19, 2013

The Things I Can Do.

If you have never had the privilege of watching a child in the midst of a creative frenzy, you're in for a treat. Jeff, our exuberant and irrepressible protagonist, uses a warehouse-worth of stationary supplies: tape, glue, paper; tape, crayons, lined paper; tape, popsicle sticks, construction paper; tape... Well, you get the picture--he uses LOTS of tape and LOTS of paper to create: The Things I Can Do. This amazing chronicle of a preschooler's jubilant foray into independent living will have you skimming itchy fingers over the multi-layered collages in an attempt to smooth out the crinkles and rough patches on each incredibly detailed page.

Jeff Mack both wrote and "built" this marvelous exploration into the joys of discovering that, yes, you CAN pour milk by yourself (okay, so most of it lands on the floor); yes, you CAN fix any of your toys (if you have enough glue); yes, you can brush your own teeth (if you don't mind covering half of your face in toothpaste); and yes, you CAN wipe your own nose (so what if you smear every inch of your sweater's sleeves with snot).

Boys and girls in the process of launching themselves fearlessly into the world of self-sufficiency will clamor to share their own triumphs (and Jeff's) with their favorite adults.


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