When we were born we were very small. And now we are big. Read about us then...and Now.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyAllowing for a minor adjustment in scale, even five-year-olds can look back on their youth, and often do. Miller (Guess Who?; Can You Guess?) explores this beguiling childhood practice in her latest photo-illustrated volume: a racially-balanced group of six youngsters offers examples of how they have changed, from the time they were "little." A boy remarks, "When I was a baby, I had a favorite stuffed animal. Now I'm big! I take care of a real dog." A girl reflects, "When I was little I wore diapers and my parents dressed me. Now I'm big! I wear underwear, and I dress myself." Proud, beaming faces light up well-staged, full-color photographs. The same group photo, with a different child emphasized (the rest of the picture is deliberately faded), serves as opener for each child's reminiscence, now documented for posterity. True voices of Generation ABC. Ages 3-up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Meredith KigerVery young children love looking at pictures of other young children as a way of reaffirming themselves. This book is a wonderful tool for parents to use as a conversation starter to help a child over those transition times of growing from dependence to independence. Cleverly planned around a group of 4-5 year-olds, the beautiful photographs depict transitions in each child's life with which the reader will easily identify.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreSAnother successful offering from Miller. In this book, six school-aged children comment on how their lives have changed since they were babies. Eating, playing, dressing, and hygiene are among the topics explored in the text and in Miller's excellent full-color photographs. Beginning with individual photos of the subjects as babies, the same group shot of them is then used throughout the book, with each child highlighted one at a time with the use of a translucent overlay. This title should be useful for families expecting a new member; parents will appreciate the encouragement for older siblings to pass up the temptation to revert to a more dependent life style. A good choice for story time or one on one, this attractive photo essay will appeal to a wide audience.Marsha McGrath, Clearwater Public Library, FL
Janice del NegroThis photo-essay compares being small with being big as a group of attractive, ethnically mixed primary-graders remember being babies and toddlers. Miller's color photographs have very high production values, and the reproduction is excellent. The text acts as an exact if limited commentary on the photographs. "When I was a baby, I rode on my Mom's bike and I rocked on a wooden horse. Now I'm big! I pedal my own bicycle and I ride a brown pony." Young children usually enjoy looking at photographs of other children close to their age, and those who are already talking about things to do "when I'm big" will like talking about how much they have already grown. Young beginning readers will appreciate the simplicity of the text while enjoying the friendly naturalism of the photographs.
Kirkus ReviewsA book that acts as a visual yardstick for preschool children to gauge just how much they've grown and learned since they were babies. It begins with a full-color group photo of six winsome preschoolers juxtaposed against their individual baby photos. A series of vignettes follows, each one focusing on the dependent infant the child was and his or her contrasting accomplishments now. Readers see each of them revel in the realization that "Now I'm big!" There is an element of mystery to the story: matching the initial baby photos to the grown children in the group shot. Miller (My Five Senses, 1994, etc.) offers a simple concept, carefully executed, that will reinforce all children's sense of mastery of basic tasks.
- HarperCollins Publishers
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.91(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.36(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 5 Years
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