I'm 5

Children - Grade K-3rd
32 Pages
Reviewed on 08/19/2012
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Author Biography

Alva Sachs received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois and holds a Master of Education degree from Northern Illinois University. Her teaching experience of more than sixteen years and a life-long passion for writing for kids and her days in the classroom were the real beginnings for becoming a children’s writer today. Alva is an educator, consultant, speaker, and presenter. She has had the privilege of speaking and sharing her expertise at numerous venues, meetings, and conferences. The Authors Show has recently honored Alva as one of the “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading!”
Alva's stories engage, excite, and empower young children at an early age for the shear joy of reading. The evolution of reading is to learn to read and read to learn.
Circus Fever finalist for the 2009 Indie Excellence Award, 2009 Best Books Award, received 2008 Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention, 2009 Seal of Excellence from Creative Child Magazine, 2010 Eric Hoeffer Award for Excellence in small press publishing.
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! 2010 Seal of Excellence from Creative Child Magazine, finalist for the 2010 Indie Excellence Award, and 2010 International Book Award.
I’m 5 honored as an Indie Excellence Finalist Book Awards, Best Book Finalist Award-USA Book News, Preferred Choice from Creative Child Magazine for 2011 and KART Kids Award 2013.
Alva serves as VP of Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California, helping to build home libraries for children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

"I'm 5" by Alva Sachs describes a little girl turning five. We are treated to a party with her friends and the excitement of the age milestone. But then, little Julie realizes that the act of turning five years old is not simultaneous with the first day of kindergarten. She must wait and she is very impatient to begin school. Every day, Julie arises only to be told it will not be the day she will go to school. And then, her older sister comes up with an idea which will help Julie in approaching the date that so excites her. Julie responds well to her sister's suggestion and, in the process, she is taught patience and planning.

The illustrations in the book are delightful. The bright multicolor pictures are attention-getting and they enhance the readability for the child. The message about how age alone does not determine the right of passage in life's experiences is one which every child must learn. The author presents the dilemma to the child reader in an understandable and compassionate manner. Parents might do well to follow the suggestion of the older sister in the book as the project is a hands-on project that most pre-kindergarteners will love to take on. The process of maturation through the waiting process will be one which will delight parents of preschool children. Although the audience for the book is limited, the messages are will appeal to many preschool children who are impatient and unable to plan for special events in their lives.