Monday, September 23, 2019

Review: Be a Maker by Katey Howes and Elizabet Vukovic


How many things can you make in a day? A tower, a friend, a change? Rhyme, repetition, and a few seemingly straightforward questions engage young readers in a discussion about the many things we make—and the ways we can make a difference in the world. 

How many ways can you use the word "make"? Make a tower...make a plan...make a choice...make a change! A little girl goes from making a tower into her room to making a friend and becoming engaged in her community in large and small ways. As the book's final pages ask, "Ask yourself this question as the sun begins to fade: in a day of making choices, are you proud of what you made?"

I think if I was teaching again, I might read this book at the beginning of the year and then frequently throughout. Inspiring rather than pedantic, it includes great reminders for all ages about the choices we make and what can happen when we act rather than sitting by passively. My kids really enjoyed it, and I am definitely keeping this one for home! Illustrations are lively and imaginative - and made me now want an apple cheese boat! Another must-have for the classroom or library!

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