Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan Shea

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Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan Shea (2011, Blue Apple Books) is simple, delightfully fun picture book for the discerning child. Using windowed lift-the-flap pages, Shea asks which things around us grow, using familiar growing progression as a comparison. For example, my favorite one was this, “if a kit grows and becomes a fox, can a watch grow and become a clock?” The watch face becomes a clock face with the flip of the flap and there is a page turn that allows him to answer. As a result, my 4-year-old son loves the interactive aspect of reading the book, and laughed at the progressions that were obviously silly to him. I loved the rhyming of the book, and the ultimate conclusion was perfect for my growing big boy.  Beyond the lift-the-flap aspect to the illustrations, the pictures are bright and colorful.

Not only is the book fun for the readers, but it is also educational, as it helps a child understand which things are alive and which ones are not, a concept that may be confusing for children in a world where many things do grow. Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? is a wonderful selection for the young child and parent to enjoy together.

Reviewed on September 2, 2011

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  • These are fantastic choices! I adore Can You Make A Scary Face as well as Red Wagon. I’m also hoping to pick up Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? soon as I’ve been seeing it everywhere recently. Looks fantastic!

    I also wanted to say Congratulations on your BBAW Short List nomination today as well! :o)

  • I bookmarked this post when you first published it, and I’ve finally gotten around to placing several of the books you mention on hold for my niece! Thanks so much: I love your occassional children’s books round ups. 😀

      • My niece loved Red Wagon so much that when we finished, she had me start over again from the beginning! 🙂 Thank You Bear was a big hit too. Have you read The House that Jill Built w Raisin? It’s got a million little flaps to look under, a fold out page, AND a pop up at the end that you lift up the roof to peek into. Niece was in heaven!

        • Eva, I haven’t read THE HOUSE THAT JILL built yet! I am not generally a fan of The house that Jack built because the repetition is killer but if the book has flaps and all that, I’m sure it would be more interesting…

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