This cheerful read-aloud picture book aimed at toddlers and preschoolers reinforces the concept of individuality and feeling good about one's self. The protagonist, a happy little boy, uses simple rhyming verse to compare his best characteristics to animals in the wild. "I'm as quick as a cricket, I'm as slow as a snail, I'm as small as an ant, I'm as large as a whale!" The boy's enthusiasm leads him to swing through the trees and sip a cup of tea with a poodle. "Put it together," he declares, "and you've got me!" Wood's bright illustrations reflect the humor of the text. A fine introduction to the animal kingdom and the importance of self-esteem.
I teach Quick as a Cricket in the beginning of the year to have the students get to know one another and learn about similes. My students really enjoyed writing similes about themselves and then illustrating the similes. I also find that they use similes more in their writing after this lesson.