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As Big as You Hardcover – March 12, 2002

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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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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
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 4 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (March 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375813535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375813535
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,041,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T Smith on June 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As big as you by Elaine Greenstein is tender book that depicts the growth of a newborn baby. Told from a mother's perspective the child's growth is compared to the growth of seasonal fruits, vegtables, animals and plants. Although I found some of the comparisons a stretch ("- your cheeks as plump as pinecones", "your tummy was as roly-poly as a squash"), the overall content of the book was charming. The illustrations were soft, friendly and inviting. Young toddlers will definitely find pleasure in having this book read to them over and over again. As a extra bonus the book's cover also doubles as a growth chart.
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By mjsbds on May 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
We love this book and so does our son. Highly recommend adding it to your child's collection. This is one of the few books that we didn't mind reading over and over again.
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