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From School Library Journal

PreS-K–As grandfather and grandson walk through the city, the boy asks how everything came to be: tall trees, deep holes, even the litter on the street and the smog in the air. To each question, his grandfather answers, "A little at a time." The text flows smoothly, with a conversational style and repeating phrases that create continuity. The book–Adler's first–was originally published with illustrations by N. M. Bodecker (Random, 1976). The new edition includes minor text changes and features muted, impressionistic oil paintings. Some pictures are more successful than others: the page about growing tall shows great composition and line, while on the spread about litter both human and dog faces seem misshapen. This decidedly quiet book is unlikely to captivate a squirmy audience.Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
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New illustrations refresh this long-out-of-print story, first published in 1976, about a young boy, whose conversation with his grandfather highlights concepts of increments, growth, and time. “How did that tree get to be so tall, Grandpa?” asks the child. “How did it get to be so late?” “A little at a time,” is Grandpa’s refrain, all the way to the gentle end. Tong’s muted, softly brushed, realistic oil paintings follow the affectionate grandfather and grandchild as they move through a city, ending their adventure back home at the boy’s naptime. Throughout, Grandpa models patience as he supportively encourages questions and emphasizes that learning, too, is a gradual process: “I’m like you. I ask many questions. . . . As long as I keep asking, I’ll keep learning, a little at a time.” Even if young kids have trouble grasping the abstract concept of “a little at a time,” they’ll appreciate the book’s everyday scenarios, as well as the characters special intergenerational bond thats sensitively portrayed in these new images. Preschool-Grade 2. --Shelle Rosenfeld
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823417395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823417391
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 11.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,079,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"A Little at a Time" is the first book of well-known, award-winning author David A. Adler. Beautifully illustrated with gentle, soft-edged oil paintings, "A Little at a Time" is the answer Grandpa gives to every hard question he is asked by his active, young grandson. As they walk through a city, seeing buildings, streets, machines, a dinosaur, statues, and a museum, Grandpa is asked many impatient questions by his young companion-grandson. His calm answer, delivered with varying nuances and inflections, remains the same. "A Little at a Time" is a perfect book for any question-and energy-filled child of preschool age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J S on December 11, 2014
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Outstanding book! We had it for our children; now enjoying it with our grandchild!!
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