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Little Acorn Grows Up is a sweet, simple tale that explores themes of growing up and nature from author/illustrator Edward Gibbs.
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Book Description: In this companion book to Little Bee, Little Acorn proves that great things come in small packages as it grows from a tiny nut to a big tree that shelters its forest friends.
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Overview

Little Acorn Grows Up is a sweet, simple tale that explores themes of growing up and nature from author/illustrator Edward Gibbs.
Features:Read Aloud functionality [where available]
Book Description: In this companion book to Little Bee, Little Acorn proves that great things come in small packages as it grows from a tiny nut to a big tree that shelters its forest friends.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This charming exploration of color—and of the mighty potential within one small acorn—offers a slightly more whimsical take on the animal kingdom than Gibbs’s I Spy with My Little Eye and I Spy Under the Sea. A parade of animals (a white mouse, an orange squirrel, and a blue bird, among them) visits the acorn, each asking, “What will you be?” The acorn’s promises (to provide shade for a gray rabbit or leaves for a red deer) come true in the final pages, when the acorn matures into a magnificent oak. Gibbs’s lightly caricatured and exuberantly inked animals have personality to spare as the book moves steadily toward its comforting conclusion. Ages 3–up. (Apr.)
New York Times
"Gibbs's charming book benefits from his use of varied media."
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Praise for Little Acorn Grows Up:

* "[A] charming exploration of color...Gibbs's lightly caricatured and exuberantly inked animals have personality to spare as the book moves steadily toward its comforting conclusion."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Gibbs's charming book benefits from his use of varied media."—New York Times

Children's Literature - Jillian Kobelin
Little Acorn meets many animal friends who want to know what that small acorn will be when it grows up. The acorn provides an answer for each friend. When it grows into a big acorn tree, it will be a home for a mouse, warmth for a squirrel, a place to hold a bird's nest, shade for a rabbit, a back-scratcher for a boar, and food for a deer. A new animal arrives on each page, and Gibbs describes each by its color to teach children color association. As the page turns, the animal from the previous page is seen hopping out of the picture and the new one arriving. The little acorn then plants its roots, and starts to grow bigger and stronger, until it is a full oak tree and fulfills its promises to all the animals. There is a small felt oak leaf attached on the front of the book, which the back of the book signifies as a "small part," making this book only appropriate for ages three up. If this small part was not attached, this book would be more suitable for a younger, typical board book audience with its simple pictures and concept. Reviewer: Jillian Kobelin
Kirkus Reviews
Mouse, squirrel, bird, rabbit, boar and deer all wonder what an acorn will become, and it promises to feed and shelter these animals once it is grown. Each critter, arriving on the scene in profile, greets the acorn on a double-page spread and asks, "Little acorn, little acorn, what will you be?" The answers that the acorn gives, in a loose rhyme scheme, vary slightly, but its response to the boar is the most creative: "Someday I'll be a great big tree, and my bark will scratch your back." The last few pages show the acorn growing into a tall oak and fulfilling its pledge to the animals. Against swathes of green representing a grassy landscape, Gibbs' creatures, which look to have been created with watercolor and ink, are comically droll and add energy to the staid subject matter. Attached to the cover are two unnecessary felt leaves, thus making the book "Not suitable for children under 3 years old," as the very tiny fine print on the back of the book notes. As was also the case with Gibbs' Little Bee (2012), which had fabric wings on the cover, this choking-hazard gimmick makes the book unsafe to use with the typical board-book audience of babies and toddlers and severely limits the age range with which this title can be shared. Unfortunate and inappropriate. (Board book. 3-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316247245
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Pages: 20
  • Sales rank: 581,893
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Edward Gibbs studied illustration and graphic design in New Zealand before moving to London, where he has worked as a graphic designer for over twenty-five years. His love of nature and the animal kingdom inspired him to write and illustrate I Spy With My Little Eye, Little Bee, and Little Acorn Grows Up.
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