From Publishers Weekly
With layette-toned paintings and a series of nature-inspired similes, Greenstein (Mrs. Rose's Garden) charts the growth of a boy from birth to toddlerhood and tutors the very young in the pleasures of an evocative turn of phrase. "When you were born,/ you were as big as a cabbage,/ .../ your ear was as wee as a sweet pea," she begins; on the facing page, a slumbering, curly-haired infant nestles among cabbage-colored swirls accented by Greenstein's signature scratchboard-like black outlines. Framed, single-page portraits of the maturing baby alternate with full-bleed double-spreads that illuminate the similes: in the spread that reads, "You were as quiet as a mouse," the baby is absent, but a snoozing mouse curled up in a pink bedroom slipper eloquently conveys the idea of silence. The seasons pass; at summer, the boy stands steadily on his own, "as high as a tomato plant." By book's end, the child cuts through a pile of radiant autumn leaves. As a handy extra, the inside of the book's jacket doubles as a growth chart. Ages 6 mos.-4 yrs.
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From School Library Journal
reSchool--The first-year growth of a curly headed child is depicted in this sweet book. A repetitive text uses seasonal references, fruits, vegetables, plants, and animals as the basis for an abundance of similes that describe the youngster's development ("-your legs were as strong as maple boughs, your cheeks as plump as pinecones. You were as bouncy as a bunny"). The pacing of the book is steady and satisfying until the final stanza when the text leaps forward in time moving from concrete immediacy to an abstract future: "And someday soon, you'll be as big as me!" This ending feels rushed and arbitrary, especially when compared to the rest of the book's specific statements. The mixed-media illustrations are soft and friendly. Close-up drawings with loose outlines resembling the scratched thickness of finger paints help the book establish the desired intimacy. As a bonus, the inside of the removable book jacket becomes a growth chart to measure a child up to 4'3" tall.Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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