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Grow Up! Board book – May, 2003
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At this age, my daughter is beginning to grasp the concept of little to big. It's a lot of fun to see her apply what she has learned from Grow Up! to the world around her. She is currently fascinated with differentiating babies and big girls, and from the number of times I have had to clean her kisses and nose prints off the book she obviously can't get enough of being a "big girl."
My daughter and I love the illustrations in this book (as with all of them); they are vivid, playful and clever. We have had a lot of fun making up silly guesses as to what is on the next page, and although we have read the book a couple hundred times now, she still gets excited to turn the page and announce what the image has grown up to be.
I would recommend this book concept-wise for children over eighteen months, but because there is so much to look at and talk about in the book I would also highly recommend it for any age.
- cut out pages are easy to turn by little hands
- part of the adult animal is revealed through the cutout in an artistic way
- children learn the names for baby and adult animals, insects, birds, amphibians, plants, and humans - great variety
- the art has a lot of black flecks in it and is a bit stylized. I realize this is the style of the illustrator/author, but it kind of gets in the way of portraying an iconic image of the object in a way that would be easily recognizable to a child. For example the cat in order to have the fish in the bowl turn into its eyes is positioned face forward with its large round body behind. It's just a little weird and looks a bit menacing. The puppy's eye doesn't quite match up with the dog's eye in the cut out, which makes it look a bit weird or off.
- the colors aren't very bright, kind of dark and muddied. Great for the tadpole/frog pic, but disappointing for rest of the book. For example, the kitten-cat pages are like a burnt sienna/ dark orangey color. All the pages have dark colors (dark blue, dark purple, dark green, etc.)
- the text isn't as engaging. A kitten grows up to be a cat. A puppy grows up to be a dog.. A [blank] grows up to be a [blank]. And on, and on. There is rhyme - (dog-frog, tree-me) but it's not great.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought for a 2yo in speech therapy- great for helping little minds make connections. 1-5 words per page with single easy to identify illustrations.Published 1 month ago by CholsM
Our 10 month old LOVES this book! He even "reads" along by cooing every time we turn the page to reveal what each creature grows up to be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Catherine S.
My baby loves all the Laden books with the peek through windows! They captured his attention more than any other books in the early months, and now at 10 months they still seem to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nikta222
We took this book out at the library and baby liked it so much we had to buy one. Teaches baby-to-adult names and features little holes that peek onto the next page. Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. Butera
Nice book! My toddler is interested and she tries to point out anything she is curious.Published 11 months ago by Louis Griffin
This is a cute book but not nearly as clever or engaging as the original.Published 17 months ago by Slpmommy
I love all of Nina Laden's books. This one is no exception. A fun story. My 3 year old twins love reading it.Published 19 months ago by ETTIE SMITH