Look What I Can Do!
by Nancy Viau
Publisher: Abrams Books, March 12, 2013
For ages: 3 – 8 Years
In the forest, a fawn tries to stand, but shakes and falls. In the field, a young spider gets weary as he works hard to spin a trap. Near a stream, a frog flicks its tongue, but the fly zips by. In Look What I Can Do!, animals from forest, field and stream overcome the challenges they face in their day-to-day lives. This delightful story acknowledges the bravery of the young, and its rhythmic text inspires children to never give up.
“Large, eye-catching images of the animals and their young are realistically painted, and their faces are wonderfully expressive. This gently affirming tale is perfect for parent-and-child sharing and offers many opportunities for discussion.” ~ School Library Journal
“This book celebrates such milestones as standing up, crossing the path and leaving the nest. The reader will cheer Bravo! And rejoice with the plucky little achievers.” ~ Eileen Spinelli, author of Cold Snap, Silly Tilly, and more
“You’d have to have rocks in your head not to love Look What I Can Do!. Encouraging words paired with enchanting art makes everything about Nancy Viau’s splendid new picture book sing!” ~ Judy Schachner, author of Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Ole, Skippyjon Jones, Lost in Spice, and more
“Children will especially enjoy looking for each animal duo… (The story) serves to remind kids to take things slowly and keep trying new things, be they walking, hopping or skipping rope.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
A FREE Teacher’s Guide for this title can be found on http://www.NancyViau.com.
About the Author
Nancy Viau is the author of Look What I Can Do! (Picture Book/Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013), Storm Song (Picture Book/Two Lions, 2013), City Street Beat (Picture Book, Albert Whitman & Co., 2014), and Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head (Middle-Grade/Abrams/Amulet Books, 2008). Her stories, poems, and activities appear in Highlights, Highlights High Five, Ladybug, Babybug, Hopscotch for Girls, and many other magazines. She has written dozens of Op-Ed essays for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has been a summer columnist for that newspaper. Her work has been anthologized in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Writing Group Book, and The Ultimate Mom.
Nancy has been a featured speaker at writing conferences; she has appeared on numerous panels, and has been interviewed on CN8’s Your Morning Show, WCMC Radio, and on various blogs. She is a member of The Authors Guild, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and The KidLit Authors Club, a group she started that consists of children’s book authors who bring interactive book parties to bookstores, libraries, festivals, and conferences. She is also part of an organization called Young Writers’ Day. This organization sponsors authors, illustrators, playwrights, storytellers, and song writers who present low cost programs in suburban Philadelphia classrooms.
Nancy lives in rural New Jersey with her family and one hyperactive bunny. When not glued to her computer writing or running defense for her four children, she skips out of town in search of adventure and inspiration.
School Visit Information
Nancy has ten years experience presenting writing workshops and assembly programs to children across the country. Whether leading hands-on writing activities in the classroom or speaking to large groups, she shares her journey to publication and educates students about the writing process using a ton of energy sprinkled with humor and enthusiasm. Nancy is also available for book discussions and interviews via Skype. Children leave her presentations inspired and ready to write. For information on programming, fees, and availability, please visit Nancy’s website.
“Nancy visited two schools and met with students from first through sixth grades. She tailored her presentation for the different grade levels, discussing her life, how she does her writing, and the elements of a great story, intertwining the three into a seamless and entertaining hour. The students were completely engaged and enthusiastic. In the weeks since Nancy’s visit, teachers have commented that Nancy’s writing tips were right on target. I highly recommend Nancy Viau!” ~ Karen DeFrank, District Librarian, Glassboro, NJ
“There has been such a great response to the 6-week Creative Writing Club. Twenty-five kids come in excited and ready to go and don’t want to leave when the hour is up. Nancy does a wonderful job engaging them in the weekly topics and encouraging them to foster their creativity. I could not be happier with the results of this program. We’re going to keep the writing going by starting a club that meets monthly.”
~ Kellie J. Large, Head Children’s Librarian, Cape May County Library, NJ