Mary Ann Always Can

Anne Tyrrell, Author Barron's Educational Series $0 (26p) ISBN 978-0-8120-5939-7
This book has such a strong premise that it warrants overlooking the text's dismal rhyming and the rather average illustrations. Mary Ann is a big sister who can do everything, while little sister Susan looks on in awe. For example, ``All escalators Susie fears,/ She simply hates those moving stairs./ `I can't get off in time,' says Sue,/`At the end what do I do?'/ Mother says, `Of course you can,/ Just do the same as Mary Ann.' '' Predictablybut reassuringlySusie discovers a special talent of her own: she likes the creatures that other peopleincluding Mary Annfear. This discovery gives her the confidence to take more chances. Despite the weak verse, the story is valuable and will appeal to the many children whose talents lie in the shadows of their older siblings. Ages 2-5. (June)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
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