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.