How to Be is a simple picture book that highlights the unique qualities of several different animals. For example, if you want to be a snake: "Shed your skin. Slither. Dance in a basket. Be charming." The illustrations are a cheerful mix of watercolor and line drawings that show a boy and a girl acting out the traits. This isn't a bedtime book, but it's a perfect pick for an active storytime. I could picture reading this to a toddler right before it's time for mom to make dinner...there's plenty to set the imagination in motion as the wee one imitates animals all through food prep. How to Be would make a fantastic gift for a child turning one.