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The Growing Story Hardcover – May 22, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060247169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060247164
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* In the original, 1947 edition of Krauss' classic story, Phyllis Rowand's illustrations featured a small boy, dressed in checked pants, a red jacket, and a jaunty cap, who wonders if he is getting bigger. Now, Oxenbury lightens and brightens the palette and sets the boy against pages of inviting white space that open the story. In late spring, the boy, his puppy, and some baby chicks are "very little." As the days grow longer and the grass grows faster, the boy informs the animals, "We're growing too." Together he and his mother put away his winter clothes, forgotten as spring stretches into summer and summer shortens into fall. The boy asks more than once if he is growing, even as he can see his puppy is now a dog, the chicks have now become chickens. Winter approaches, and it's time to take down the warm clothes. To the child's delight, his pants are too tight, his sleeves are too short. Finally, he has visible proof. "I'm growing too," he shouts as he does handstands across the final spread. The story gets right to a child's experiences as it expresses both wondering and wonderment. This comes out beautifully in art that captures the affection between a boy and his hardworking mother who makes a bountiful place of the land they farm. Ebullient. Ilene Cooper
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Praise for The Growing Story: 'A book to treasure.' Irish Examiner Praise for 'We're Going On a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury: 'Beautifully produced, written and illustrated, this is a classic work for any age at any period.' The Independent on Sunday Praise for 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll and Helen Oxenbury: 'Simply one to own.' The Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Lickteig on June 11, 2007
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This is a book that my children enjoyed many years ago. I had been looking for a copy for years...Finally tried Amazon...Original story but new illustrations....beautiful illustrations...sweet story. Have sent copy to grandchildren to enjoy. Wonderful story for children under 7....my children enjoyed it so much that they actually wore out the copy we had...and it was a hard back book. Kudos to those who saw fit to reprint with updated illustrations.....Thank you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By San Diego Mom on July 12, 2007
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We have "The Big Baby Book" by Helen Oxenbury, and I was so impressed by her illustrations that I searched for more of her products. I got a couple of copies of this book as presents for friends.

The story is about a boy and his puppy and how they grow. There's a lot of text, by the way. The recommended ages for this book are 4-8 unlike "The Big Baby Book". Of course the illustrations are lovely.
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By See Sea on August 29, 2013
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A cute sentimental tale of how children want to grow up quickly. This is a good selection for a girl or boy, geared for toddlers to maybe 7-8 years old. It's about a little boy who sees all the animals around him growing so fast, and he wonders why he isn't growing at the same rate. It's not until a year has passed that he realizes he has grown, when he tries on last year's winter coat and it's too small for him. A toddler member of our family loves this story. It would make a nice gift for any occasion.
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By jlk on October 3, 2011
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I got this for my son's 2nd birthday. I love reading it to him and he loves having it read to him. We're huge Oxenbury fans. This book is super sweet. I love the illustrations.
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