PreS. This playful board book looks at the nature of growth and change: a kitten becomes a cat; a puppy grows into a dog; a chick, a chicken; a tadpole, a frog. There is a short, rhyming text, and the illustration pages feature cut-out holes that offer windows to what's coming next. This simple concept turns the book into a guessing game, and after a certain number of repetitions, even toddlers will have the satisfaction of getting the answers right every time. "A seedling grows up to be a [turn the page] tree / Baby grows up to be [turn the page and look in the Mylar mirror] ME!" So ends this satisfying board book. Throughout, the simple, energetic drawings and unusual color combinations give the book a look that is less babyish than many other board books, though still quite accessible to young children. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Nina Laden grew up in the New York City area. The daughter of two artists, she studied illustration at Syracuse University. She is the author and illustrator of The Night I Followed the Dog, also published by Chronicle Books.