No Bows!

We all have likes and dislikes. Some of us are just more vocal about it than others.
Price: $15.95
  • ISBN: 9781561453566
  • Publication date: 02/01/2006
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 10" x 9"
  • Age Range: 2-6


We all have likes and dislikes. Some of us are just more vocal about it than others.

Using only a few simple, but well-chosen words, a small child expresses clearly what she does—and does not—want through the course of a day. Her independent spirit emerges as she firmly says no to a dress, a pair of shoes, a nap. As the day ends and evening descends, however, she finally says yes…to lots of hugs and kisses from her mom and dad.

Shirley Smith Duke celebrates the delightful contrariness of young children in this upbeat book featuring a likable little girl determined to get her own way.


Shirley Smith Duke


Shirley Smith Duke holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Austin College, and has taught in elementary, middle, and high schools. She lives in Texas.

Jenny Mattheson


Jenny Mattheson has illustrated several books, including No Bows!; The Mouse, the Cat and Grandmother’s Hat; Christmas Morning; The Great Tulip Trade; and Happy to Be Girls. She earned a BFA in Illustration at the Art Institute of Boston and lives in California.


“The book is destined to be a high-volume read-aloud, and much fun can be had.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“A feisty redhead asserts her sense of identity in this book of few words but strong feelings.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A gleeful romp that will delight children.” ―Booklist


Best Books of the Year Awards (Nominee) ―Child Magazine, 2006


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F&P: LB, Gr Pre-K, Genre RF
Themes: Determination, Independence
BISAC 1: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 2: JUV051000 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
BISAC 3: JUV039140 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Books By Shirley Smith Duke