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Everything in nature grows up—just like you and me!
It's springtime, and the local pond is bursting with new life. Shiny black pollywogs are growing into fat frogs, and baby robins hatch from pale blue eggs. The blackberry bushes are full of sweet, juicy berries, and new monarch butterflies emerge from their cocoons. Listen closely, and you can hear the cheeping ducklings ...

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Overview

Everything in nature grows up—just like you and me!
It's springtime, and the local pond is bursting with new life. Shiny black pollywogs are growing into fat frogs, and baby robins hatch from pale blue eggs. The blackberry bushes are full of sweet, juicy berries, and new monarch butterflies emerge from their cocoons. Listen closely, and you can hear the cheeping ducklings announcing, "Spring is here!"
Anne Rockwell and Holly Keller, two beloved children's book creators, team up to celebrate this season of growth.

Explains how plants and animals of the meadow, woods, and pond grow and evolve, such as caterpillars changing into butterflies, eggs hatching into robins, and acorns becoming oaks.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With appealing simplicity, Rockwell (Our Earth) spotlights changes in nature, as a barefoot boy observes the world around him, noting, "Everything is growing, just like me." The lyrical narrative presents examples of natural evolution: "Blue eggs, safe and warm in their nest... will hatch into robins that sing in the grass" and "A speckled cloud with a fish standing guard... will soon be lots of shining silver fish, swimming round and round the pond." Keller's (A Bed Full of Cats) unadorned, boldly colored watercolor and pen-and-ink pictures bring these changes into crisp focus, alternating full-bleed scenarios with close-up shots that zoom in on a caterpillar, pollywogs and an acorn lying on fallen leaves. After viewing the acorn, readers flip the pageDand turn the book from a horizontal to a vertical positionDto see the boy swinging from the branches of a sprawling oak tree, as he entreats the acorn to "Sprout and spread roots! Stretch your green leaves up to the sky! Grow into a tall oak tree." The volume ends by bringing home an example close to readers: as the narrator addresses his cherubic baby brother, asking him what "will you grow up to be?" and responding, "One day you'll be a big boyDjust like me." An amiable introduction to natural growth. Ages 2-5. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Rockwell's spare watercolor and ink drawings show readers how plants and animals grow, as a preschool-age boy contemplates the world in and around a pond. "White blossoms...will grow into berries—black, juicy, and sweet. Blue eggs, safe and warm in their nest...will hatch into robins that sing in the grass." At the end, the boy tells his baby brother "One day you'll be a big boy—just like me." The simple subject matter, straightforward text and vivid, uncluttered pictures make this a good choice for toddler and preschool story times. 2001, Silver Whistle/Harcourt, $14.00. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Cherri Jones
School Library Journal
PreS-There are plenty of books on the growth process of living things, but this one will be particularly attractive to the very young. A small boy explores: "Here in the meadow, by the woods and the pond, everything is growing, just like me." Keller's brightly colored, cheerful illustrations show varied plants and animals changing-white blossoms transform into blackberries, a caterpillar turns into a tiger-colored butterfly, black polliwogs become green frogs, and a little acorn develops into a large oak tree. The rhythmical, spare text uses only a few well-chosen descriptive words for each example and the book ends on a satisfying note when the child addresses his infant sibling: "Little baby brother, what in the world will you grow up to be? You'll see! One day you'll be a big boy-just like me." This lovely concept book underlines the continuity of all living things, and is an excellent choice to share with preschoolers in the spring.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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A young boy discovers all the growing things around him as he walks by the woods, through a meadow, and by a peaceful pond. Beautiful watercolor-and-ink paintings illustrate this "what will it become" story of how things change and develop into other things. Brightly colored and simple enough for very young children, this explains how caterpillars change into butterflies; eggs change into robins; and tiny black polliwogs change into frogs. The first illustration of each pair of growing things is depicted as a small drawing followed by a full-page rendering of the thing that it is to become. One particularly nice feature is a double-page illustration of the giant oak tree, which grows from a tiny acorn. This journey of exploration finishes with the young boy's exclamation that his baby brother will "One day . . . be a big boy-just like me." Rockwell's latest foray into the natural world will be a treat for young children as they notice themselves and the things around them growing and changing. Sure to be a bedtime favorite as well as a successful introductory science lesson. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152022020
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ANNE ROCKWELL is the author of hundreds of books for children, including the distinguished picture book biography Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth, an ALA Notable Children's Book. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

HOLLY KELLER has illustrated many popular science picture books, including Growing Like Me by Anne Rockwell and Air Is All Around You by Franklyn M. Branley, as well as several previous Green Light Readers. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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