PreS-Gr 2-The night before a boy's first day of school, he asks his mother, "Did you know me when I was small?" She replies, "I knew your heart first, beating beneath mine, a tiny fist curled inside me." The text follows their conversation as she recounts the child's developmental milestones, and he remarks on the ways he has grown. The second half of the book focuses on the new experience he is about to embark on and his mother's loving encouragement. Backer's paintings capture the essence of the story as each spread depicts the tender connection between mother and son. Children will recognize and respond to these experiences, though they may not share the adult notion of time fleeting.-Leanna Manna, Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.