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Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?by Susan A. Shea
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A duckling grows and becomes a duck, so can a car grow into a truck? This beguiling book about growth will sparks kids'imaginations, as gatefolds playfully transform a watch into a clock and a shovel into a plow. The interactive format of question and answer will entrance young readers as living things that grow are compared to inanimate objects that don't. Ingenious!
"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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Tom Slaughter is the illustrator of several books for children. In addition to his work as a book illustrator, he has also designed posters, playbills, watches, and T-shirts. Tom's artwork has been shown in solo exhibitions around the world. He has worked in collaboration with Durham Press, and his prints are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He lives New York City.
Susan A. Shea makes her children's book debut with Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? Susan, a former teacher, shared her love of reading with elementary school students. Now she lives on Cape Cod with her husband. When she's not writing or traveling, she photographs things that grow.
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