This text tells the story of a child who realizes aspects of herself that are not most desirable, but she likes who she is regardless. I see myself reading this at the beginning of the year to help students feel more comfortable and confident in who they are at the moment. This book can teach kids that it is okay to have warts or freckles, and most importantly that it is still okay to like yourself with those things. After reading, I would like to encourage my students to draw a picture of themselves and write about the things that they like about themselves. The DRA level for I Like Myself! is 18.
This is a great book to read to ensure positive self-esteem in students. The pictures are vibrant and very kid friendly. The message of the book is on that all children should hear, so they know it is important to love yourself. The teacher will read the book I Like Myself! By Karen Beaumont. Each student will have a piece of construction paper, and they will write their name on it and one thing they like about themselves. The paper will be passed around the entire class and each student will write one nice word one each piece of paper. When the students get back their original paper, they will have something to look at to know people care about them.
I read three of these stories tonight, to get a feel for how Beaumont compares to the John Collier stuff I read not too long ago. Ray Bradbury, as it happens, did the Introduction for both short story collections--and just to tie it all up in a bow: Bradbury went out of his way to mention Beaumont in the Intro to Collier book, and I couldn't help but notice Bradbury making sure to mention John Collier in the Intro to Beaumont's Perchance To Dream. both "shock tale" authors also got picked through by TV writers, for contributions to The Twilight Zone (see mainly Beaumont), and Alfred Hitchcock Presents (highlight Collier's name, on that score).
of course, I'm keen to point out the differences between Collier and Beaumont. I've only scratched surface Beaumont, but Collier is closer in style to someone like Wodehouse. plus, in that vein, Collier seemed more inclined to keep things light, or outright funny--whereas my limited exposure to Beaumont suggests there will be less laughs, more fright and angst, and certainly more use of Science Fiction concepts. the Twilight Zone link--where you could do a fairly lengthy Beaumont marathon--is easy to see, right away. Beaumont also hasn't dealt in subtlety much, yet--but if he rarely exhibits the art of saying-without-saying as the stories go along, I'm not sure I'll mind too much; he looks to be a fine master of the literary punch in the face, over and over, if the first three very entertaining stories are any indication. and I love the book's cover art!