The Resource I can be anything : don't tell me I can't!, by Diane Dillon

I can be anything : don't tell me I can't!, by Diane Dillon

Label
I can be anything : don't tell me I can't!
Title
I can be anything
Title remainder
don't tell me I can't!
Statement of responsibility
by Diane Dillon
Title variation
I can be anything
Title variation remainder
dont tell me I cant!
Creator
Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Zoe is sure that she can be anything she wants to be, despite a little voice of doubt that points out the problems with her ideas--but first she needs to learn how to read
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Writing style
Illustration
Review
  • Grades K-2 Zoe is a young girl with big ambitions. She has confidence that she can do and be whatever she wants when she grows up. However, Zoe has a small voice of doubt that creeps into her daydreams of adventure and fulfillment. When she considers a career as a veterinarian, the voice asks, “What if they bite you?” When she thinks about being a traveling archaeologist: “What if you get homesick?” Zoe answers the self-doubts with assurance that “I can be anything!” Caldecott medalist Dillon’s signature artwork depicts Zoe—still a child—performing the duties of each mentioned career choice in mainly single-page vignettes. More than 15 career choices are mentioned, including teacher, librarian, president, and chef. Illustrations reveal the young girl in a classroom, teaching students the alphabet; standing at a podium with a “Zoe for President” poster on the wall behind her; and in an apron and chef’s hat, holding a book titled Zoe’s Recipes. This entertaining and informative title will encourage children to consider the many opportunities the future holds. -- Owen, Maryann (Reviewed 12/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 8, p99)
  • PreS-Gr 2—Dillon offers a simple yet poignant reflection on the power of positive thinking. Zoe declares, "I can be anything I want to be"—from an archaeologist to a veterinarian, a musician, a famous chef, and more. Yet each time she imagines the possibility, a little voice, presumably her own, challenges her aspiration: "What if you get homesick?" "What if they bite you?" "What if you don't have talent?" Zoe's steadfast determination prevails until she finally concludes that learning to read and then reading a lot will pave the way to her success. Dillon's watercolor illustrations are stylistically familiar, but have a notably softer quality than her previous works. Absent are the formerly characteristic dark lines and extravagant details. The muted tones complement the imaginative playfulness of the young child's ruminations. Each page features a portrait-style painting of Zoe as ornithologist, inventor, firefighter, etc., an ample white border that supports the text, and small corner pictures of Zoe in the midst of make-believe. VERDICT This inspiring selection will appeal to both kids and teachers who are looking for a book with a message of empowerment. A useful addition to picture book collections.—Lynn Van Auken, Oak Bluffs School, MA --Lynn Van Auken (Reviewed 01/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 1, p57)
  • The title of Caldecott Medalist Dillon’s first solo outing sounds as if it’s about dreaming big, but its real focus is on quieting the internal voice that undermines those dreams. “I’m a bird. I can fly way up high,” announces a girl named Zoe; she has brown skin, curly hair, and striped leggings. “What if you fall?” taunts the voice. “I won’t fall,” Zoe replies stoutly. She dreams of being an astronaut (Dillon paints her sharing cupcakes with an alien), an archaeologist, an inventor, and a veterinarian who has just bandaged a tiger’s paw. The main scenes, full of incident and detail, are framed by thick white borders, in which small vignettes show Zoe playing at what she wants to become—cooking on her toy stove or digging in the sand. As the pages turn, she gets braver: “You’re just a voice, and I don’t have to listen to you.” And she knows where her priorities are: “First I have to learn to read!” Armed with Zoe’s retorts, readers will grasp how their own doubts trip them up—and how to tell them to hush up. Ages 4–8. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 11/20/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 47, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10620275
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dillon, Diane
Dewey number
[E]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • AD600L
  • Decoding demand: 85 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 75 (high)
  • Syntactic demand: 87 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 81 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
Reading level
3.1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Self-confidence
  • Reading
  • Learning
  • Self-confidence
  • Reading
  • Learning
  • Occupations
  • Learning
  • Reading
  • Self-confidence
Target audience
preschool
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
don't tell me I can't!
Label
I can be anything : don't tell me I can't!, by Diane Dillon
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1903097
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9781338166903
Lccn
2017003956
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781338166903
  • (OCoLC)972093378
Label
I can be anything : don't tell me I can't!, by Diane Dillon
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1903097
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9781338166903
Lccn
2017003956
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781338166903
  • (OCoLC)972093378

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