Little by Little
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Little by Little by Amber Stewart
Book DescriptionScramble is a little otter who can't swim. At the beginning of the story, we find him in the middle of writing a list. It's his Can-do and Can't-do List. The Can't-do side just says 'Swimming'. One small word. But not being able to swim is a big deal for Scramble. It means he's teased by some of the riverbank animals. It means he feels left out when everyone else is in the water. And it means he spends hours and hours sitting on his own on the slippery rock wishing and wishing and wishing that he could. But something is going round in Scramble's head. Something his mummy has said. Something his older sister has said. 'You've got to start small' And so, slowly, slowly, Scramble builds his confidence in the water - overcoming each new incremental goal that he sets himself. Until, finally, Scramble really can swim! At the heart of this gentle story about learning a new skill is the message of encouragement - something that is important for toddlers everywhere.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780192727350
(245mm x 245mm x 3mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Amber Stewart
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Piper loves jumping in the Golden Grasslands and climbing the Red Rock Ridge all day long. But, when it comes to bedtime, he doesn't like the deep, dark night. How can Mummy help him to sleep in his own bed the whole night through and let him know that she is never far away?
Bramble the Brave, Paperback (March 2012)
Bramble is a little mole. She loves to discover, she loves adventure ... except when it comes to mealtimes. Bramble will eat nothing but berries! In this fun-filled story Bramble's Mummy and Daddy find a way to help her explore new foods and enjoy new tastes. After all, she is the burrow's bravest mole!
Rabbit Ears, Paperback / softback (February 2012)
Hopscotch is a very particular rabbit. He knows what he likes and what he doesn't like. Most of all, he does not like washing his ears. But when his older cousin comes to visit, he doesn't flinch. Do older rabbits wash their own ears? Full color.
How Many Sleeps, Paperback (April 2011)» View all books by Amber Stewart
Toast is a very excited little field mouse - in just a few sleeps it will be his birthday. Toast and Mummy fill their time with all sorts of preparations for the party while Daddy fills his time frantically trying to finish a special, secret present. Toast and Daddy want to know just how many sleeps are left - but for very different reasons!
US Kirkus Review » There are lots of things Otto can do: "Forward roly-poly / Backward roly-poly / Being kind to frogs...." There's just one thing he can't do, and that's swim, which is a problem when you're an otter. Little by little, coaxed and encouraged by his mom and wise older sister, he makes the attempt, he practices daily, and - wouldn't you know it? - the day finally comes when Otto succeeds swimmingly. Marlow's soft watercolors depict an appealingly snub-nosed little otter whose anxious look turns into triumph over the course of the brief tale. Together with the quiet, reassuring, albeit bland story, the whole makes for a pleasant enough read, although it lacks the graphical and narrative oomph of such tales as Simon James's Little One-Step (2003) or Robert Kraus's classic Leo the Late Bloomer (1971). Nevertheless, children will likely root for Otto and may be emboldened to try out something on their own "CAN'T DO" lists. (Picture book. 3-5) (Kirkus Reviews)
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