THIS BOOK CAN DO ANYTHING

A person representing the book—achieved with simple, bold black lines for the face and hands, pink freckles, a die-cut black hat bumping up from the top of the page, die-cut shoes protruding down from the bottom, and pink pants set against the white of the page—encourages children to turn the pages and see for themselves what the book can do. “Can it wink?” Sure enough: As children turn the page, they will see one eye winking behind bright blue spectacles. And so it goes. The person-book blinks, puts a finger in its nose, sticks out its tongue, makes a funny face by smooshing its cheeks as it opens its mouth and sticks out its tongue again. Its drawing abilities aren’t so great, but it can tie its shoes. It can even play the game of peekaboo by covering its eyes and then uncovering them. And of course, being a book, it can read. The book ends with an invitation to children to take part in the action by pulling on the sturdy hat—here a tab—and seeing how silly the book can be. Parents and caregivers can have fun encouraging children to perform the same actions as the book. This book-person is literally white (as the paper) and presents White.

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