I am Josephine : (and I am a living thing)

by Thornhill, Jan,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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South Fayette Township Library Juvenile Picture Book J E THO
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An upbeat picture book supporting diversity and STEM for ages 4 to 8, exploring how kids are part of the larger world of living things

Meet Josephine: a spirited and curious girl, a big sister, and a human being. She's also a mammal, an animal, and a living thing--all identities she explores with readers in this simple informational picture book.

Josephine presents her family (and herself) as examples of human beings, and then familiar creatures like her dog and her mom (and herself) as mammals. Next, she adds whales, lobsters, hummingbirds, and elephants (and herself) as examples of animals. Finally, she shares examples of living things, including moose, foxes, butterflies, flowers, and bugs... and, of course, herself!

Inspired by science and nature writer Jan Thornhill's many classroom visits, this book is intended to help children recognize themselves as part of the natural world, with an emphasis on how all living things share similarities.

Playful, kid-friendly illustrations in vibrant colors paired with minimal text make this an easy introduction to the classification of living things. Endmatter goes into further detail about the unique characteristics of humans, mammals, animals, and living things.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This unassuming picture book is a nifty lesson in scientific classification. The reader is introduced to Josephine, a young girl of color. Josephine kicks things off when she places herself within the classification group that most readers will recognize, family. I am a human being, and so is my mom, and so is my dad, and so is my baby brother Felix. She is also a mammal, an animal, and a living thing. Above all, she is unique. With each classification, Josephine provides examples for comparing and contrasting. She is a mammal, like a groundhog, but she is obviously different, too. She is a living thing, like a tree and a groundhog, but still different. The combination of science lesson and find-and-search works brilliantly. An accessible end-matter list of the key characteristics of each group is included. The illustrations are colorful and cheerful, much like the book itself, which concludes by bringing the reader into the fold with, Josephine is a human being . . . and so are you. --Dean, Kara Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Josephine, a girl with brown skin and a mop of curly hair, proudly describes her place in the world, explaining that she is a human being, mammal, animal, and living thing ("and so is my brother, Felix, and so is a butterfly, and so is a tree, and so is a penguin"). Lee uses bright pastel blues, yellows, and peaches to create happy assemblages of living creatures while subtly showing how animals and people care for each other, hurt themselves, and otherwise interact; in addition to Josephine's main narrative, Thornhill incorporates seek-and-find prompts throughout this romp through forests, seas, cities, and fields. It's a smart way to introduce the characteristics that unite and distinguish members of the natural world, and a closing section of bulleted lists helps to explain the differences between these categoies of living things. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Mammals -- Classification -- Juvenile literature.
Animals -- Classification -- Juvenile literature.
Mammals -- Juvenile literature.
Life (Biology) -- Juvenile literature.
Mammals -- Classification.
Animals -- Classification.
Life (Biology)
Publisher Toronto, ON :2016
Contributors Lee, Jacqui, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
ISBN 9781771471565
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