I can't do anything!

Thierry Robberecht

Book - 2013

This lighthearted story about manners and behavior provides an opening for parents to talk with their child about socially acceptable behavior.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
Washington, DC : Magination Press, American Psychological Association [2013]
Language
English
Item Description
"Originally published in French as Je Ne Peux Rien Faire by Mijade Publications (Belgium)"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN
9781433813092
1433813092
9781433813108
1433813106
Main Author
Thierry Robberecht (-)
Other Authors
Annick Masson, 1969- (illustrator)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—This charming story about growing up compares the behavior of animals (and a younger brother) to things that the narrator can no longer do. She laments not being able to stick out her tongue like Chameleon, eat with her fingers like Squirrel, spit like Llama when she's mad, burp like her baby brother, etc. After listing all of the bad habits, the resigned little girl says, "I am a perfectly well-behaved girl, but… I can imitate them!" The last page shows her standing on her bed, looking in the mirror. The softly illustrated spreads, with the animal on one side and child on the other, show the dichotomy between inappropriate behavior and courteous manners. The book concludes with a note for parents that offers tips on addressing socially unacceptable behavior and gives guidance on setting family rules, using positive reinforcement, and picking your battles.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH [Page 88]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Chameleon sticks his tongue out. I can't!  Monkey makes funny faces. I have to smile nicely for the picture!  I can't do anything!What can you do when you aren't allowed to burp, spit, or roll in the mud? I Can't Do Anything! is a story about manners, family rules, and what you can do when you feel like acting like a monkey!A Note to Parents by Tammy L. Hughes, PhD, discusses setting family rules and talking with your child about manners and socially acceptable behavior.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

I Can’t Do Anything! is a lighthearted story about manners and socially acceptable behavior. Includes a "Note To Parents."

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A lighthearted story about manners and behavior provides an opening for parents to talk with their child about socially acceptable behavior.