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In you I see
2022
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Emily's first-person narrative draws on nature to present an uplifting vision of the beauty that lies within each person. Taking the title as a repeated refrain, simple rhyming lines highlight the positive characteristics of a tiger, river, swallow, oak tree, and much more: "In you I see.../ a daffodil// A yellow burst of spring/ That fills my day with happiness/ And brightens everything." Howard's digitally rendered impressionistic accompaniments feature the faceless silhouettes of two figures--one tall, one small--experiencing the natural world, from the brilliant orange of an oak tree to pink coral in an azure ocean. A final spread depicts individual internality literally, showing figures colored in by all they've seen and visually echoing the book's cheerful conclusion: "There's much to see in everyone./ All you need to do is look!" Ages 3--5. (Mar.)
School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 3--"When I look at you I see/ Much more than meets the eye./ I'm not sure how to list it all,/ But with this book, I'll try." Howard's dynamic paintings capture Emily's narration of the beauty in life and living; images and imagery leap off the pages and create an anthem to paying attention. The word choices and rhythmic writing focus on everyday wonders, from animals to colors, events, and people. Through the narration, a guardian figure tells the child of her current uniqueness and future capabilities. Emily leaves readers truly celebrating humanity and spirituality, while each brushstroke coordinates perfectly with the excellence of the lines. VERDICT Similar to The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, this book lifts up the audience and reaffirms what it means to be valued and loved.--Tanya Haynes
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