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The Ok Book [Hardcover]

Amy K Rosenthal
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Book Description

April 12 2007

In this clever and literal play on words, OK is turned on its side, upside down, and right side up to show that being OK can really be quite great. Whether OK personifies an OK skipper, an OK climber, an OK lightning bug catcher, or an OK whatever there is to experience, ok is an OK place to be. And being OK just may lead to the discovery of what makes one great.

With spare yet comforting illustrations and text, Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld celebrate the real skills and talents children possess, encouraging and empowering them to discover their own individual strengths and personalities.

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Go ahead and enjoy doing things even if you're just OK at them, this friendly concept book advises. Lichtenheld (What Are You So Grumpy About?) sets aside the color spreads of his previous titles for simple line drawings based on a visual pun. The book's hero is a little stick figure whose head is the O of OK, and whose arms and legs are the K. (Imagine the word OK tipped up on its side.) The scenery is similarly minimal: a black horizon line, a squiggly tree, some grass. I like to try a lot of different things, the OK figure says. I'm not great at all of them, but I enjoy them all the same. On each succeeding page, the stick figure turns in a series of OK performances, roasting a marshmallow, cutting a sandwich not really in half (I'm an OK sharer), and looking at the result of his fishing—a tangle of seaweed and a boot. One day, I'll grow up to be really excellent at something, OK says, while lying in bed. I don't know what it is yet... but I sure am having fun figuring it out. In this age of skateboarding championships and spelling bee movies, it can't hurt to remind kids that the pleasure we take in simple activities is what makes life worthwhile. All ages.
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About the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children and grown-ups. Her children's books include Plant a Kiss (illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds); Little Pea and This Plus That (Jen Corace); Cookies: Bit-Size Life Lessons (Jane Dyer); Duck! Rabbit!, The OK Book, Yes Day!, and Exclamation Mark (Tom Lichtenheld); Spoon and Chopsticks (Scott Magoon); The Wonder Book (Paul Schmid); Uni the Unicorn (Brigette Barrager); and Awake Beautiful Child (Gracia Lam). Her work for grown-ups includes the memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and the film project The Beckoning of Lovely. Amy lives online at and for real in Chicago.

Tom Lichtenheld is the author and illustrator of What Are You So Grumpy About?, What's with This Room?, and Everything I Know About Pirates and the illustrator of his first two collaborations with Amy Krouse Rosenthal, The OK Book and It's Not Fair! He lives in Geneva, Illinois.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy May 19 2014
By Frizzy
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Beautiful book with a very powerful message for our young children !! My seven year old loved it!! Great buy!!
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This is a gentle and fun book that affirms our differences and every child's right to try new things and be okay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for my "perfectionist" kiddo! July 8 2007
By L. A. Wilcox - Published on
This book was a wonderful surprise for us. While I hadn't heard much about it, I thought it could be a helpful book for our four-year-old who lives with Asperger's Syndrome and has some real perfectionist-driven tendencies, so I ordered it with a slew of other books.

We love to read the simple, powerful text together. And, on his own, our son has begun to draw his own "OK" character when we're using sidewalk chalk!

I would recommend this book to anyone with a young child, especially a child who can be overly self-critical.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Great Message June 30 2007
By Gary T. Doyle - Published on
What a charming book. The whimsy and wisdom will appeal to both kids and adults. And the message is a timely one in a day and age where kids are pushed to be great at all kinds of things: it's ok to be ok, and eventually you'll find something you're excellent at. Plus the book had a neat little ending that wrapped everything up. Buy 2 and give one to a friend's child. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The OK Book Dec 14 2007
By Linda N. Warren - Published on
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The OK Book is great! I have shared it with my classes at school, and the children love it, too. We are all OK, not perfect, but willing to try our best. Good example for children and a good conversation starter.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The OK Book Feb. 22 2008
By Judi - Published on
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This is a fabulous book for preschoolers--it introduces the letters O and K and gets across the message that you don't have to be perfect at everything to feel "ok".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever book and good for a beginner reader Sept. 22 2007
By boysmom - Published on
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This is a simple yet clever book using the word OK to be the character and a word and teach a lesson. My son who is in first grade reads it.
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