The Growing Story
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The Growing Story

by Ruth Krauss, Helen Oxenbury
     
 

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From this simple beginning grows a story that celebrates those little changes that tell us we're growing up! This Ruth Krauss classic enchanted young readers when it was first published in 1947. Now it blooms again with lush illustrations by one of the world's best-loved illustrators: Helen Oxenbury.

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From this simple beginning grows a story that celebrates those little changes that tell us we're growing up! This Ruth Krauss classic enchanted young readers when it was first published in 1947. Now it blooms again with lush illustrations by one of the world's best-loved illustrators: Helen Oxenbury.

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Publishers Weekly

No matter the day and age of parenting, one theme that transcends time is a child's rush to grow up. In this evergreen tale, first published by Krauss in 1947, a boy is eager to keep up with the world around him, a place that seems to change at a rate faster than he can fathom. Throughout the story, he continues to ask if his mother if he, too, will grow like his puppy and barnyard chicks, their measurable growth marking the passage of time for him. Oxenbury's (Alice Through the Looking-Glass) thoughtful, detailed illustrations capture the beauty that comes with the start of a new season, from the trees bursting with blossoms to the darkened skies of autumn days presaging winter's approach. Krauss's short, simple sentences move the action along at a rapid clip ("The days grew longer. The nights grew shorter. The grass grew faster. The flowers grew higher"), and before long, the story comes full circle. The pivotal moment occurs when the boy unpacks his warm clothes in preparation for the onset of colder weather and sees for himself that he has indeed grown. His unabashed joy at his maturation is cause for celebration, as evidenced by his joyous cartwheel, accompanied by the phrase "I'm growing too," bringing the story to a close. Parents are sure to find this heartwarming edition familiar and bittersweet. Ages 4-8. (June)

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Kirkus Reviews
Despite his mother's repeated reassurances, a tyke who observes changes in chicks and a puppy as seasons pass has trouble believing that he's growing too. The text, originally published in 1947, hasn't aged, but Oxenbury's fresh take on the antique rural setting and stylized figures of Phyllis Rowand's illustrations does add a livelier, more natural look. Though there's an odd distance in the pictures between the pensive little boy and his hardworking, very young-looking single parent-the two seldom make eye contact, she is usually posed at least partially turned away from the viewer and her preoccupied reply to his persistent query ("Of course you are growing") seems snappish-the boy's doubt is one that might occur to many younger children. When the previous winter's clothing proves too small, thus providing objective proof that he is indeed getting bigger, his exuberant cartwheel ends the episode on an emphatic, upbeat note. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060247164
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/22/2007
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
761,492
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ruth Krauss's beloved picture books include two Caldecott Honor Books, The Happy Day, illustrated by Marc Simont, and A Very Special House, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, as well as the perennial favorite A Hole is to Dig, also illustrated by Mr. Sendak.

Helen Oxenbury is one of the world's most popular and acclaimed children's book illustrators. She has won England's Kate Greenaway Medal as well as many other awards. Her three series of board books—Heads, Bodies, and Legs; First Picture Books; and Pippo—have sold several million copies and are regarded as classics that revolutionized the board-book genre. Her recent books include It's My Birthday, So Much, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

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