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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545085977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545085977
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,628,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this picture book about a young child’s dream of being older and bigger, a kid finds models of growing up in the natural world around him. The concept works beautifully, from the raindrop that becomes the fastest river running through the hills and the small green sprout that will be the tallest tree, to the caterpillar that will be transformed into a butterfly and the shadow that will be “the gentlest night full of dreams.” On each unframed double-page spread, the bright, clear acrylic paintings have a small cut-out window to the next page, and the book’s climax shows a holistic scene of connections between earth, sky, and water. As the boy draws with his crayons, he knows he will grow up to be like his dad, who swings him high and folds him into a loving embrace. Preschool. --Hazel Rochman

About the Author

Leonid Gore was born in Minsk, in the former Soviet Union. Since he immigrated to the United States, he has illustrated and written many highly acclaimed children’s books, and has shown his paintings at the prestigious Society of Illustrators show in New York. Leonid lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter.

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I hope this book will remind him of the role model his father has been.
Hasty Bee
I hope this book leaves you with the hope that we can do more than we might be willing to give ourselves credit for.
Maliha
This book is a nice oversized picture book, with great illustrations painted by the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy. Wood on May 6, 2011
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The book was written well and the art of the pictures are very creative! Just a great book to always keep. I love buying books for my little one and love reading to him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abby Connors on December 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I really love the clever, but very large and bright illustrations with the cut-out "clues" to the nest pages. I teach young children and this book has just enough of an idea on each page for preschoolers to understand and follow. There's a nice message about parental love, and also about the connectedness of all living things, but not in a heavy way. This is a very sweet story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maliha on June 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
What will you be when you grow? Adults love asking children this repetitive question in particular, knowing fully well that the answers seldom predict what they actually will be. Most kids give amusing answers. As a kid, the author, born in Minsk in the former Soviet Union, wanted to be an airplane (with two propellers). Years later, he immigrated to the United States and became a writer and an illustrator. His story reminds me of a quote I read in a book of prison literature, where an inmate says, "I write because I can't fly."

The little boy who asks himself this question looks around for inspiration from nature. And since he's willing to listen, nature is willing to talk. The raindrop says it will grow up to be "the fastest river running through the hills". The green sprout will grow up to be "the tallest tree the world has ever seen". The fuzzy caterpillar will one day become a colorful butterfly, the little chick the loudest rooster, the shadow will turn into the gentlest night. He considers all these options but decides in the end that he wants to grow up to be just like his father.

Little kids can choose to emulate the weirdest things. The world has plenty of role models for kids. Gore, through his wonderful illustrations on unframed double-page spreads, reminds the older reader and lets the younger reader know that even the tiniest, seemingly insignificant things could carry potential for greatness. The book is made even more delightful through cut-out windows on alternate pages that give you a glimpse of what's on the next page only for you to turn it to find something completely different. This technique too, is a metaphor for the transformative power of nature and the promises held by every child that could be realized given the right circumstances.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on April 1, 2010
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This story follows a little boy that wonders what he will be when he grows up. As he explores the world around him he gets all sorts of ideas. In the end he decides wheat he would like to be the most is just like his father. This would make a great story for fathers to share with their sons. It can serve as an important reminder that they are being looked up to and are role models for their sons. Fathers play an important role in the lives of their children. The cut away illustrations were very unique and add a lot to the story as well.
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