I Am Josephine: (And I Am a Living Thing)

I Am Josephine: (And I Am a Living Thing)


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Meet Josephine: a spirited and curious girl, a big sister, and a human being. She’s also a mammal, an animal, and a living thing—all identities she explores with readers in this simple informational picture book.

Josephine presents her family (and herself) as examples of human beings, and then familiar creatures like her dog and her mom (and herself) as mammals. Next, she adds whales, lobsters, hummingbirds, and elephants (and herself) as examples of animals. Finally, she shares examples of living things, including moose, foxes, butterflies, flowers, and bugs… and, of course, herself!

Inspired by science and nature writer Jan Thornhill’s many classroom visits, this book is intended to help children recognize themselves as part of the natural world, with an emphasis on how all living things share similarities.

Playful, kid-friendly illustrations in vibrant colors paired with minimal text make this an easy introduction to the classification of living things. Endmatter goes into further detail about the unique characteristics of humans, mammals, animals, and living things.

Grade Range: PreK–2
Fountas & Pinnell: F
Reading Recovery: 9–10
Lexile: AD 530L


Title:I Am Josephine: (And I Am a Living Thing)
Edition Language:English
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    I Am Josephine: (And I Am a Living Thing) Reviews

  • Jody McGrath

    * I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *Josephine is a young girl who has learned that although the world is a big place, everything in it is connected. She is learning...

  • RJ

    Very sweet book introducing concepts of species, class, etc in very easy, natural language for early readers - zooming out from Josephine to humans to mammals to animals to living things. Prompts for ...

  • Bookishrealm

    This was a cute non-fiction picture book. It definitely is a good choice if you're interested in teaching children the difference and similarities between living things, humans, animals, mammals, etc....

  • Jessica Rodrigues [decafJess]

    Don't let the bland cover deceive you -- this book is full of rich illustrations accompanying a STEM-filled story.Josephine is not just a unique human being -- she's a mammal, an animal, and a living ...

  • Sue Wallace

    I am Josephine by Jan thomhill is a science and children's fiction read. Meet Josephine: a spirited and curious girl, a big sister, and a human being. She’s also a mammal, an animal, and a living th...

  • Stephanie

    I picked up this book because I love the name Josephine. I love this book because it teaches kids that all life is connected! Josephine is a human being, and a mammal, and an animal... she is many thi...

  • Katie

    Sweet idea with cute illustrations and decent summary information in the back about the categories of human beings, mammals, animals, and living things. Ultimately, however, it misses the mark because...

  • Noelle

    I wanted to leave 4 stars, and wish I could leave 3.5 because "I am Josephine" is truly a fun and engaging story. In the book, Josephine spends time showing us her world and who in her life is a livin...

  • Jordan Welch

    I enjoyed this book, very colourful and great art style. I enjoyed the sections of spotting the animals, which could be good in a class from reception/Yr1 to count and make an activity out of. The lis...

  • Katie Dicesare

    Such a fun way to introduce the concept of living things to young kiddos. This book will want to be read again after read aloud because there are so many opportunities for students to think and answer...