cover image I’m the Big One Now! Poems About Growing Up

I’m the Big One Now! Poems About Growing Up

Marilyn Singer, illus. by Jana Christy. WordSong, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-62979-169-2

Singer’s genial poems focus on childhood milestones: learning left from right, visiting the beach for the first time, performing in a ballet or piano recital, or attending a first “big-kid party.” In a poem divided into three parts, a girl gradually learns how to ride her bike on two wheels; at first, she struggles to coast, steer, and pedal at the same time. But after falling over and getting back on, she soon recognizes that, little by little, she is improving: “Can I zip down a hill? Well, not quite./ But I know I’ll be doing that soon—/ by Sunday afternoon!” Christy illustrates in cheerful, jewel-toned digital spreads, capturing Singer’s relatable moments of frustration, progress, and pride. Ages 4–8. [em](Mar.) [/em]