Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

Susan A. Shea, illus. by Tom Slaughter. Blue Apple (Chronicle, dist.), $16.99 (38p) ISBN 978-1-60905-062-7
Slaughter's brightly colored cut-paper shapes and newcomer Shea's verse recall favorites of 50 years ago—a feeling reinforced by this book's matte pages, blocky images, and fun-to-flip gatefolds. "If a duckling grows/ and becomes a duck,/ can a car grow and become..." reads the text on facing pages; children will be able to guess what's coming even before the gatefold opens—"a truck?" Slaughter (Which Way?) revels in paint-box primaries, pushing reds, greens, yellows, and blues up against each other for maximum visual charge. The gatefolds break in interesting places—halfway down a garment hanging on a hanger, for example, turning a floral sweater into a full-length coat—and contain the occasional die-cut, too. Shea's verses scan consistently and gracefully. "YES to ducks, bears, and owls./ NO to trucks, chairs, and towels," she writes, reinforcing the idea that living things grow but inanimate objects don't. The beauty of the rhymes is that they teach a lesson children already know; children will relish the fun of being sure of all the answers, and they'll love Shea's tongue-in-cheek tone. Ages 4–up. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/28/2011
Release date: 03/01/2011
Genre: Children's
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