Step by step

Alice B. McGinty, 1963-

Book - 2021

On the morning he is to start school, a nervous little boy is reassured by his father's advice to handle problems step by step.

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Stories in rhyme
Picture books
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers [2021]
Main Author
Alice B. McGinty, 1963- (author)
Other Authors
Diane Goode (illustrator)
First edition
Item Description
"A Paula Wiseman book."
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 24 cm
Ages 4-8.
Grades K-1.
Contents unavailable.
Review by Kirkus Book Review

A day in the life of a child ready to take on the world--one step at a time. A child and their dad (both have beige skin and straight, black hair) begin the day with reminders of what the child has already accomplished in life: walking, talking, growing, and learning. There's more to do, but the child needn't fear. Each new challenge is to be tackled step by step, one by one. This becomes the refrain for the bouncy rhyming text that carries the characters through their day--getting dressed, piece by piece; crossing the street, stride by stride; making friends, smile by smile; building a miles-high tower, block by block. This cheery mantra reassures the child and allows them to approach new experiences and tasks with confidence--helpful for child readers who, at times, might be anxious. Stanzas tumble along at a spirited pace and brim with positivity, paired with bright, pastel-colored, line-and-color illustrations that infuse the storytelling experience with humorous, eye-catching details. The child's classmates represent a diverse cast of characters in terms of perceived gender and skin color, and one child uses a wheelchair. For children uncertain about starting school or having new social experiences following the pandemic, this story's ebullience is bound to bring a smile and a phrase to repeat: "Step by step, one by one." (This book was reviewed digitally.) An upbeat read-aloud that encourages young readers in their quests to discover the world. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.