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Summary: If a duckling grows up to be a duck, can a car grow up to be a truck?
Each page mentions something that does grow up and change. Then it asks if an inanimate object can grow up and change. This picture book uses contrasts and word families to teach reading and get kids thinking.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 4 to 7
Interest Level: 1 to 6
Reading Level: 0.1
Age of Child: Read with children ages 1 and 4.
Young Reader Reaction: Both of my kids loved this book. They both wanted to unfold the pages and guess what the object might turn into. Needless to say, we read it several times.
Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?. The pictures are simple, colorful and fun. My kids laughed at some of the silly things like a sweater growing into a coat. It helped them understand the difference between things that grow and those that can't.
Pros: Flaps and fun illustrations engage readers in thinking about things that can (and can't) grow.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a fun book children will enjoy reading over and over. It will also have value for children learning to read. They can practice sight words and word families.
Educational Themes: The focus of the book is helping kids identify the properties of objects - which ones are living, and which ones aren't. There are also opportunities to practice sight words and word families. Have fun walking around your house "pairing" things that fit a word family and grow (or not). For example - chair and hair.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.