Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

So few of me

So few of me

Peter H. Reynolds
Picture Book
For ages 6 and up
Candlewick Press, 2006   ISBN: 978-0763626235

How many of you have said, at some point or another, that you wished you had a clone to help you get everything done. How many of you have felt overwhelmed by your 'To Do' and 'Must not forget' lists? Well, Leo, "a busy lad," is feeling very overwhelmed. No matter how hard he works, there are always chores and jobs left to do. He decides to write a list to see if that will help. The list ends up getting longer and longer until poor Leo wishes "if only there were two of me."

To Leo's amazement a second Leo then arrives on the scene. Unfortunately, the presence of Leo Two does not improve the situation. Neither does the arrival of Leos Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight and Nine. In fact, the problem is actually worse because now there is even more work to be done.

Poor (original) Leo is worn out and he falls asleep. It is only when he wakes up that he finally comes up with the answer to his problem.

The creator of The Dot and Ish has once again come up with a delightful book thatĀ is both simple and profound. This time he puts things in perspective for the overworked person who exists in all of us, reminding us about what is important. With unaffected and amusing illustrations and with a minimal text, Peter H. Reynolds helps us to rememberĀ that it is important to take the time "to dream."

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