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Grow Up! Board book – May 1, 2003


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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 Phelan
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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.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 7
  • Board book: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Brdbk edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811837610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811837613
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nina Laden grew up in the New York City area. She now lives in an old farmhouse in Seattle, which she renovated with her husband. She is the author and illustrator of many books for children.

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Cox VINE VOICE on March 23, 2008
Format: Board book
This is a nice board book that introduces children to growing up. A kitten becomes a cat, a caterpiller a butterfly. Nice art work and children love it!

Author of "Hobo Finds A Home"
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ReadItDiva on October 21, 2003
Format: Board book
Author illustrator Nina Laden delivers a clever concept book in eye-catching acrylics. In simple patterned text and peekaboo windows, children will discover what different living things grow up to be. A playful kitten watches two orange and black fish swimming in a tank. The fish are drawn inside a window. Turn the page and the fish become eyes of a grown cat. Some of the figures may be familiar to your child, like the kitten or a puppy. Others may be delightfully fresh, such as a tadpole or a seedling. Square in shape, this board book is perfectly sized for eager little hands. The mirror on the last page reflects your little one's face that is sure to be smiling! When we discovered this book, my girls (aged 3 yrs 9 mos and 2) asked me to read it again and again. I knew I had a hit! We plan to search for Laden's previous books as well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 1, 2003
Format: Board book
I was so excited to find out that Nina Laden had come out with another board book. My 22 month old daughter really loves this new one and has practically memorized it. (She has already loved to death Peek-a-Who and Ready, Set, Go!)
At this age, my daughter is beginning to grasp the concept of little to big. It's a lot of fun to see her apply what she has learned from Grow Up! to the world around her. She is currently fascinated with differentiating babies and big girls, and from the number of times I have had to clean her kisses and nose prints off the book she obviously can't get enough of being a "big girl."
My daughter and I love the illustrations in this book (as with all of them); they are vivid, playful and clever. We have had a lot of fun making up silly guesses as to what is on the next page, and although we have read the book a couple hundred times now, she still gets excited to turn the page and announce what the image has grown up to be.
I would recommend this book concept-wise for children over eighteen months, but because there is so much to look at and talk about in the book I would also highly recommend it for any age.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ella the excellent on October 16, 2005
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
While my 6-month old's attention may wander during readings of other board books, she is absolutely mesmorized by Nina Laden's Grow Up!, Peek-a-Who!, and Ready, Set, Go! She will sit, enraptured, through multiple readings at a time. She loves the simple rhymes and vivid patterns. This book is a must-have for every young infant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 33 year old lawyer on December 14, 2010
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Like other Nina Laden books, this board book has holes. These holes are very appealing to infants in terms of their ability to flip the pages. This story also makes sense, unlike the other Nina Laden books.

In this book, a tadpole becomes a butterfly, a chick becomes a chicken, a tadpole becomes a frog, a kitten becomes a cat, and a puppy becomes an old dog.

I give this 4 stars because while my one year old enjoys it, it is not a favorite like Brown Bear, Brown Bear or the lift the flap Spot book.Where's Spot? (Lift-the-flap Book)

. I also highly recommend her book, Peek a Zoo, especially for infants under 1.Ready, Set, Go!Peek-A Who?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Genevra Gallo on July 5, 2007
Format: Board book
My daughter LOOOOOOVES Puppy Peek-a-Boo with illustrations by Lisa McCue. I was searching for other peek-a-board books and found this one, which was highly recommended by other parents. It's good, and she does like it - we got it when she was just under 1 year old, and her appreciation of it has grown as she has gotten just a bit older (she's nearly 15 months now). I think it would be ideal for children 2 or older.

My only reason for not giving it 4 stars is that I don't think it's on par with Puppy Peek-a-Boo (which sounds so ridiculous as I write this, but it's true). That book has such incredible illustrations and so many little hidden surprises and details that allow readers to find new things each time. This is much different.

I have not found anything in the board book realm to equal Puppy Peek-a-Boo, but as board books go, this one is very good (as is Peek-a-Who? by the same author).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FBlair on July 20, 2011
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I got my daughter Peek-A Who? when she was a few months old and it quickly became one of only two books that we read to her every night. (The other, just FYI, is Counting Kisses.) When I discovered that Nina Laden had written a few other books, I ordered them all, and this one is by far my favorite. My daughter loves the illustrations, cut outs and simple story, and my husband and I enjoy reading it to her because it's fun to look at and it's easy to embellish the story with our own additions, which keeps it fun. This is the book with which my daughter learned to turn pages herself because she was so interested in seeing what's behind the cut outs. Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alice Roberts on July 14, 2009
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We got this book for our 11 month old who wanted to read "Peak a Who" six times a day in an effort in create some sort of book rotation. While she likes it, it has not replaced "Peak a Who" but she does pick "Grow Up" out of the stack several times a week. We also bought "Baby Danced the Polka" which is a new favorite (parent favorite too!) and "Dear Zoo" which is very popular with her too!
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