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Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? Hardcover – March 30, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books; Ltf edition (March 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781609050627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609050627
  • ASIN: 1609050622
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review (reviewed on April 1, 2011)
Shea's book debut is a clever, rhymed test of kids' notions of living and nonliving things. Slaughter's illustrations bring pop art to mind. Clear a space on the shelves for this one.
--Kirkus Reviews

Shea's verses scan consistently and gracefully. Slaughter's primaries push against each other for maximum visual charge. Children will relish the fun of being sure of the answers and they'll love Shea's tongue-in-cheek tone. 
--Publisher's Weekly

About the Author

Susan A. Shea makes her children's book debut with Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? Susan, a former teacher, shared her love of reading with elementary school students. Now she lives on Cape Cod with her husband. When she's not writing or traveling, she photographs things that grow.

Tom Slaughter is the illustrator of several books for children. In addition to his work as a book illustrator, he has also designed posters, playbills, watches, and T-shirts. Tom's artwork has been shown in solo exhibitions around the world. He has worked in collaboration with Durham Press, and his prints are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He lives New York City.

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This is a great thinking book that reads like a fun game.
Lisa Barker
With very young children, adult guided questsions will help the young reader to the appropriate conclusion.
Chrystyne
The colors are bright and pictures are simple yet elegant.
Mom of Aiden and Kaylan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Because I'm a librarian I like to slot books into distinct categories. Alphabet book. Concept book. Emotions book. So on. Other people like it too. That's why I keep a file of different lists of books by topic at my reference desk. There are some books that don't fit into any category, and that's fine. They're cool. They prove that the publishing industry today allows for creativity. Then there's a third category; books that belong to categories where they are the sole occupants. Meet "Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow" by Susan Shea. If I were going to label its category it would be "Interactive picture books that set up false pretenses so that kids can knock `em down". That's a lot of words, but that's okay. I like books that make you work a bit, and the delight of this title is that aside from the great art, it's an original and fun premise. The lift-the-flap meets the concept book.

"If you look around you'll see, / Some things grow like you and me." Kids know that they're growing but what else does so? With rhyming text Susan Shea asks kids if one thing grows, will another? For example, "If a cub grows and becomes a bear can a stool grow and become . . ." Lift the flap and the stool elongates as the text finishes with "a chair?". Time and again living things are paired with inanimate and the readers are asked if they will grow. Finally at the end of the book all is made clear ("Yes to cows. Yes to snakes. No to plows. No to cakes.") With great panache the book is an entirely new look at growing things and what it means to be more than just big.

We generally associate lift-the-flap books with the very youngest of cogent readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grasshopper on January 10, 2013
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As someone who reads with many, many preschoolers, I love this book!
It is clever and visually striking, and preschoolers really respond to it.
The concept seems simple, but it is a great "spark" for lots of conversations, expansion, and vocabulary building.

The bright colors and bold, retro images make this a visually striking addition to the preschool bookshelf.

There is only one thing that I would change if I could: The last page has a picture of a dark haired Caucasian boy with the caption "You". Because very young children are so literal, many often respond, "That isn't me!" Some are amused, some are adament and argumentative, and some are flat out annoyed!

Wouldn't a framed mirror panel have been fun on that page? If not that, perhaps a picture several children, reflecting both genders and several skin tones...

It is a minor quibble and this book is a keeper!
Highly recommended for sharing one-on-one and with groups.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 13, 2013
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I bought this for my 3.5 year old nephew as a Christmas gift. We have read it several times now. It is really cute, he loves it, and it gives me a break from books about trucks, tractors, cars, and heavy machinery!!! ; )
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mom of Aiden and Kaylan on June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I just borrowed this book from the library. I didn't expect much from a library book that didn't seem to have been checked out before. But I was pleasantly surprised when I read it to my 4 year old son. The colors are bright and pictures are simple yet elegant. Every page has a "riddle" hidden and by flipping the page open, you solve the riddle. My son was intrigued by the riddles, especially how a car was turned into a truck because and I was surprised that he was able to name many of the commonalities between the things that "won't grow". The book has a nice ending, too, giving the young readers a little bit of a "wow". My son and I agreed that this was a fantastic book when we finished. I think it would be a nice book for my one year old as well, as a simpler flip the flap book. It's both fun and educational!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.E.D. on December 9, 2012
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I bought this to use during a unit in my clasroom.
I love this book because it actually encourages discussion and the kids LOVED getting involved in the learning. Can a car really grow into a truck?! NO WAY...why?! They loved the silly aspect of the book and enjoyed lifting the flap as well. Great book.

Interactive. Funny. Educational. Great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"If a calf grows and becomes a cow...
...can a shovel grow to become a plow?"

An interactive rhyming book for our young readers that thoughtfully and humorously pushes the question, What grows? What doesn't?

Great fun for children and their parents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Creative gal in Brooklyn on November 25, 2011
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what a cute book. very witty and fun ti interact with a 3 year old. i bought it based on other reviews, and it was totally worth it! highly recommended, great illustrations and the fold out pages are adorable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on July 16, 2011
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This is charming story in rhyme, about which things are alive, and which are not. Funny and inventive, the book asks, "If a duckling grows and becomes a duck, can a car grow and become... a truck?" "If an owlet grows and becomes and owl, can a washcloth grow and become... a towel?"

Every few pages or so, readers are treated to another surprising set of rhymes, letting them know (if they weren't sure already) the answers to these little riddles: "YES to ducks, bears, and owls. NO to trucks, chairs, and towels. YES to cats. NO to hats. YES to goats. NO to coats."

Bright, easy to see, bold illustrations complement the text nicely, and the illustrator has made nice use of the fold-out pages which visually transform the items into something else: cupcakes into cakes, or dresses into coats for instance.

The fold-out pages are certain to take a beating for library, or even home use, but I still think this is a worthwhile purchase because the predictive rhymes are so enjoyable. This is a sure-bet for a fun storytime.

Best of all, I was reminded strongly of that old Sesame Street song: You're Alive, by Chrissy and the Alphabeats.
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