Now I Am Big!

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Children and parents alike will delight in this joyous declaration of toddler independence. This book celebrates the feats of growing out of babyhood and starting to embrace the world on your own terms. Whether it’s being tall enough to reach a high shelf or brave enough to splash in the waves, Krensky and Gillingham address the small victories that come with growing just a little bit older. Energentic text and retro-fresh illustrations celebrate this important developmental ...
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Overview


Children and parents alike will delight in this joyous declaration of toddler independence. This book celebrates the feats of growing out of babyhood and starting to embrace the world on your own terms. Whether it’s being tall enough to reach a high shelf or brave enough to splash in the waves, Krensky and Gillingham address the small victories that come with growing just a little bit older. Energentic text and retro-fresh illustrations celebrate this important developmental stage with charm and relevance.

Note: illustrations are in the style of vintage screen prints, with imperfect variations in color and texture.

Praise for Now I Am Big
STARRED REVIEW
"Lovely, understated verse and artwork with a delightfully vintage feel are in perfect sync in this testament to a boy's increasing capabilities...It's a quiet yet confident affirmation of the skills children master with each passing year."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Short and satisfying, these 'empowering celebrations' of burgeoning independence will encourage small children to see how far they've already come."
The Wall Street Journal

"Krensky celebrates the increasing independence of toddlers and their pride of accomplishment."
The Horn Book

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lovely, understated verse and artwork with a delightfully vintage feel are in perfect sync in this testament to a boy’s increasing capabilities. “I used to be short. Now I am tall./ I used to be slow/ Now I play ball.” Gillingham shows the dark-haired boy in a stylized stroller at left, reaching for an apple on a tree; on the right, the now older boy has no trouble grabbing that apple. It’s a quiet yet confident affirmation of the skills children master with each passing year. Simultaneously available: I Can Do It Myself! Ages 1–3. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS—Both books celebrate the increased independence that comes with getting older. In Now I Am Big! a boy reminisces about his former abilities compared to his present deeds. One page shows a crawling baby as he pulls a toy on a string with the text: "I used to be slow." This is juxtaposed with the present-day soccer player who celebrates: "Now I play ball." Similarly, I Can Do It Myself features a smiling youngster as she revels in her self-sufficiency. She can dress and feed herself, among other joys of self-confidence such as riding a tricycle and reading a book. The artwork has a vintage feel set in primary colors. Fine additions to board book collections.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
A young toddler reflects on his life and contrasts all things he did as a baby to what he can do now. Krensky's simple rhyming scheme provides clear comparisons: "I used to be short. / Now I am tall. // I used to be slow. / Now I play ball." Gillingham's cartoons in primary colors have the look and feel of retro newspaper prints and depict the child's past on the left and his big-kid self on the right. She places this rosy-cheeked protagonist in easy-to-recognize situations. The final spread shows the child as a baby stacking three blocks next to his present-day toddler self creating towering block structures. The caption to this scene is empowering: "I used to be little. / Now I am big!" Mom, when needed, is suitably at the periphery of most scenes. The companion title, I Can Do It Myself, features a young girl and her bird sidekick demonstrating a DIY attitude when putting on clothes or blowing her nose. The taller-than-normal format of these titles reinforces the big-kid energy of the text and art. Should give toddlers a satisfying dose of independence. (Board book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419704161
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 600,101
  • Age range: 1 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Krensky has published more than 100 fiction and nonfiction books for children. He lives with his wife in Lexington, Massachusetts. Sara Gillingham is an award-winning art director and designer who has published over 15 books for young children. She lives with her family in British Columbia.

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