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Grow Up! Board book – May, 2003

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PreS. This playful board book looks at the nature of growth and change: a kitten becomes a cat; a puppy grows into a dog; a chick, a chicken; a tadpole, a frog. There is a short, rhyming text, and the illustration pages feature cut-out holes that offer windows to what's coming next. This simple concept turns the book into a guessing game, and after a certain number of repetitions, even toddlers will have the satisfaction of getting the answers right every time. "A seedling grows up to be a [turn the page] tree / Baby grows up to be [turn the page and look in the Mylar mirror] ME!" So ends this satisfying board book. Throughout, the simple, energetic drawings and unusual color combinations give the book a look that is less babyish than many other board books, though still quite accessible to young children. Carolyn Phelan
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About the Author

Nina Laden grew up in the New York City area. The daughter of two artists, she studied illustration at Syracuse University. She is the author and illustrator of The Night I Followed the Dog, also published by Chronicle Books.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 7
  • Board book: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Brdbk edition (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811837610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811837613
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a nice board book that introduces children to growing up. A kitten becomes a cat, a caterpiller a butterfly. Nice art work and children love it!

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Author illustrator Nina Laden delivers a clever concept book in eye-catching acrylics. In simple patterned text and peekaboo windows, children will discover what different living things grow up to be. A playful kitten watches two orange and black fish swimming in a tank. The fish are drawn inside a window. Turn the page and the fish become eyes of a grown cat. Some of the figures may be familiar to your child, like the kitten or a puppy. Others may be delightfully fresh, such as a tadpole or a seedling. Square in shape, this board book is perfectly sized for eager little hands. The mirror on the last page reflects your little one's face that is sure to be smiling! When we discovered this book, my girls (aged 3 yrs 9 mos and 2) asked me to read it again and again. I knew I had a hit! We plan to search for Laden's previous books as well.
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I was so excited to find out that Nina Laden had come out with another board book. My 22 month old daughter really loves this new one and has practically memorized it. (She has already loved to death Peek-a-Who and Ready, Set, Go!)
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.
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These Peek-a Books are great! They are cute, fun, cooky, and educational for any baby/toddler! Its also a Board Book which means my little one can carry it around and "read" it himself without fear of ripping pages! I've bought all the Peek-a books Nina Laden has! :-)
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I purchased this book because my daughter LOVES Nina Laden's "Peek-a-Who?" book, and I thought we would explore other books by this author, hopping to reproduce the same joy my daughter has with Peek-a-who. Sadly, it's just not as good. It's not a bad book, but it has some room for improvement.

Pros:
- 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

Cons:
- 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.
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After receiving several of her other books as gifts, we purchased this one for our 9 month old. He loves turning the pages and gets excited to reveal the grown up characters. With Nina Laden's other books the cut-out works well to maintain the text/image on the previous page but for whatever reason, this book doesn't work that way - we can't read all of the text through the hole. Eventually, my son will figure it out but for now, it just bugs me. Otherwise, a colorful and simple book, which my son loves to read everyday.
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I have my Master's in Literacy and have been teaching special education for the last 6 years and I love Nina Laden's books. Between this and the Peek-a books my toddlers are obsessed. I'm inserting links for her other books that I highly recommend for anyone with munchkins 6 months & up.

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