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A Girl Like Me
by Angela Johnson, Illustrated by Nina Crews

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    List Price: $19.99
    Format: Library Binding, 32 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    Target Age Group: Picture Book
    ISBN13: 9781541557772
    Imprint: Millbrook Press
    Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
    Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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    Book Description:

    "Poet Johnson (Heaven) bridges fanciful aspirations and attainable goals in this inclusive portrait of girlhood. ’I always dream’ opens the airy, free-verse narrative. In collages superimposing crisp photos against swirling abstract backdrops, Crews (Seeing into Tomorrow) portrays a girl flying through the air in a red cape, another walking atop skyscrapers, and a third swimming in the ocean, becoming ’part of the waves, ’ while onshore onlookers holler, ’A girl like you needs to/ stay out of the water/ and be dry, / like everyone else.’ The collaborators bring the tone down to earth as the kids react to unseen naysayers who discourage their dreams. In affirmations of their spirit of curiosity and adventure, the girls don vibrant clothing and funky hats as they skip down city streets and frolic by the ocean, always ’thinking/ way up/ high/ and making/ everything/ better than/ the dream.’ The book concludes with a roundup of the subjects and personal statements about their personalities, favorite things, and ambitions, inviting readers’ own self-reflections. A blithe celebration of individuality, guts, and sisterhood."—Publishers Weekly


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