When I Grow Up

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What will YOU be when you grow up? Leonid Gore's imaginative text and art offer an original response to a universal question.

"What will I be when I grow up?" asks a little boy. The world around him supplies inspiring answers: A raindrop grows up to be a fast-running river. A green shoot grows up to be a tall and mighty tree. A shadow grows up to be a gentle night full of dreams.

In the end, the boy's greatest inspiration comes from the ...

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Overview


What will YOU be when you grow up? Leonid Gore's imaginative text and art offer an original response to a universal question.

"What will I be when I grow up?" asks a little boy. The world around him supplies inspiring answers: A raindrop grows up to be a fast-running river. A green shoot grows up to be a tall and mighty tree. A shadow grows up to be a gentle night full of dreams.

In the end, the boy's greatest inspiration comes from the simplest of sources: his father's love.

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Publishers Weekly

With cheery acrylics, straightforward text and smart use of die-cuts, Gore follows a boy's musings about what he might be when he grows up. Looking outside gives him some inspirations from nature. A small raindrop suggests, "You could be like me," and at the turn of the die-cut page, the raindrop cutout becomes part of "the fastest river/ running through the hills." A fuzzy caterpillar metamorphoses into "the most colorful butterfly in the meadow," and a green sprout becomes "the tallest tree/ the world has ever seen." Eventually, the book winds down to a quiet bedtime cadence, as a shadow becomes "the gentlest night, full of dreams." Although the book breaks no new ground, the die-cuts are used to clever effect (the die-cut of the boy's shadow takes the shape of three birds sleeping in a nest on the following page). On the final page, as the father lifts his son high in the air, the boy reveals, somewhat unsurprisingly, what his goal will be: "When I grow up... I will be just like you!" Ages 3-5. (May)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
A young boy asks his father, "What will I be when I grow up?" Answers come from unlikely sources like a raindrop, a green sprout, a caterpillar, across ingeniously die-cut pages. The boy is sitting with drawing materials, looking through the cutout window at the rain. The raindrop will become a fast-running river, a chick will be "the loudest rooster who first meets the morning." A shadow "will be the gentlest night, full of dreams." The boy, however, tells his loving dad, "I will be just like you!" The object of each episode is a cutout like the window. What is seen turns out to be part of the mature object, so there is a visual artistic connection. Broadly designed acrylic and mixed media illustrations cover each double-page spread with happy emotions, leaving no doubt about the evolutionary connections of the simple story. The cutouts are used significantly here rather than as gimmicks, in this tale to warm a father's heart. Appropriate cutouts in the jacket picture of father and son reveal the cheery, brightly colored, childlike, wordless cover. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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A boy asks his father what he will be when he grows up. He looks around his world for inspiration, from the rain that grows into the river ("'You could be like me,' said the raindrop") to the shadow that becomes the night. In the end, he declares he'll be just like his dad. The simple and poetic artwork was done in acrylic and mixed media on die-cut pages. A single image is cut into each spread. This hole then acts as a transition to the next. Added fun is provided at the end, where the child is shown painting the previous pages. The exploration of his world gives this father-and-son selection a refreshing take on a familiar theme.-Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ

Kirkus Reviews
A little boy wonders aloud what he might be when he grows up and receives a number of suggestions from a variety of sources. The raindrop looks forward to being "the fastest river running through the hills," while the chick expects to be "the loudest rooster who first meets the morning." Die-cuts lead both boy and reader through the transformations, inviting inevitable comparison to Laura Vaccaro Seeger's Caldecott Honor-winning First the Egg (2007). While this book lacks the other's sublime, deceptively simple genius, it does offer some lovely images: The shadow, for instance, will become "the gentlest night, full of dreams." Gore's full-bleed acrylic-and-mixed-media illustrations are wonderfully gloppy and textured. The boy contemplates his option and then declares to his dad that he will be "just like you!" (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545085977
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Leonid Gore was born in Minsk, in the former Soviet Union. Since he immigrated to the United States, he has illustrated and written many highly acclaimed children’s books, and has shown his paintings at the prestigious Society of Illustrators show in New York. Leonid lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter.
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