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When I Was Five


The joy of growing up is captured in this kid-friendly picture book that is a "must for kids passing the threshold from totdom to real childhood" ("Copley News Service"). Watercolor illustrations.

A six-year-old boy describes the things he liked when he was five and compares them to the things he likes now.

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The joy of growing up is captured in this kid-friendly picture book that is a "must for kids passing the threshold from totdom to real childhood" ("Copley News Service"). Watercolor illustrations.

A six-year-old boy describes the things he liked when he was five and compares them to the things he likes now.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Looking back from the vantage point of a six-year-old, a boy recalls his favorite things--all of which have changed, except his best friend. Ages 4-8. Aug. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Jeremy, a freckled youngster with glasses, has just turned six and recounts how he has changed since he was five. While little toy cars and harmless flying dinosaurs pleased him then, now nothing less than racing cars and the fierce T. rex will do. While he wanted to be an astronaut or a cowboy then, now he sees himself as a famous baseball player or deep-sea diver. But in the midst of all these changes, his best friend is still Mark. Howard has wrapped this delightful offering in a package that is sure to appeal to its intended audience. He has hand-lettered the minimal text in large letters to simulate a child's print. The double-page illustrations, done in watercolor, gouache, and black pencil, are large and extend off the edges, inviting readers who share Jeremy's sense of pride in their own growth to enter his world. There are many humorous touches: Jeremy's faithful cat can be seen wearing a space helmet, scuba diving gear, or riding in his horse's saddlebag. Observant readers will also notice faces on the cacti and desert animals, a horse in a space suit, and several funny messages. This childlike story will surely prompt discussions of growth and friendship and may even encourage budding authors to write about the changes they are experiencing.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Jeremy tells what his life was like when he was five. Back then, he wanted to be an astronaut or a cowboy or both (the last choice is accompanied by a very funny illustration of a cowboy and horse on another planet, both clad in space suits). He liked pterodactyls and his favorite secret hiding place was down by a pond. His best friend was Mark. Now that he's six, he wants to be a major-league ballplayer or a deep-sea diver. He goes in for Tyrannosaurus rex and shares only his second-best hiding place (his favorite hiding place is a secret). He still has a best friend, Mark: "Some things never change."

In his first children's-book solo, Howard (illustrator of Cynthia Rylant's Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears, 1995, etc.) captures an authentically childlike view of growing up. Large illustrations, done in bold black pencil, watercolor, and gouache, convey the insouciance of children's artwork, an effect enhanced by the hand-lettering of the first-person narration. A quizzical cat on almost every page adds humor, as does the presence of Mark's sidekick, a spaniel named Peggy. A quietly comic work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152020996
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1ST VOYAGE
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 231,392
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.17 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Howard created the lively illustrations for all of the Mr. Putter & Tabby books and has written and illustrated several picture books of his own. He lives in New York City.

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