About the Book
Sooner or later, virtually every child, not to mention the adults in their lives, looks wistfully at another and thinks, “If only I…” In the new 16-page illustrated rhyming toddler’s book I Am Me and You Are You, Ann Arbor native Eva Marie Cote shows readers of all ages why it’s good to be exactly who you are, right here and right now. Among the book’s cheerful, charming lines are these:
Never would a busy squirrel have feathers or a beak
Never would a kangaroo be seen with puffy cheeks
Each of us is who we are forever and for now
A cat will never have a bark
And a dog can’t say “Meow!”
Capped off by a cheerful admonition to “Love your skin and love your toes and love your hair and love your nose,” the book is whimsically illustrated by the author’s brother, a children’s book illustrator who lives in Missoula, Montana.
All told, I Am Me and You Are You is that deceptively simple book that both rhymes and resonates. As Henry R., age seven, notes, “My brother, who is three, made me read it to him five times! And then again. We liked the color and the rhyming and the story.”
About the Author
Eva Marie Cote is the pen name for onetime Ann Arbor News feature writer and columnist Jane Myers, now the grandmother of four children. Myers, a member of the fundraising communications staff at the University of Michigan for the past nineteen years, used her French-Canadian grandmother’s name, Eva Marie Cote, as her pen name.
My Take on the Book
This book was a delightful story that makes a child truly see how wonderful they are being the unique person that they are. Though short, only 16 pages, the words are powerful and meaningful and will last a long time. I believe that this story is one that a child should hear over and over until that know it forward and backwards as the meaning is so important!
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