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The Growing Story


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A classically beautiful picture book from Helen Oxenbury and Ruth Krauss. Share the universal experience of growing up and discover the rhythms of the seasons in this wonderfully timeless story. A little boy, some chicks and a puppy live on a farm. They see the first signs of spring growing in the fields and the little boy asks his mother if he and the puppy will grow too. Of course you will, she assures him, and as spring turns to summer he sees his dog growing taller and the chicks become chickens. But as the seasons change and everything grows around him, the little boy feels like he has stayed the same. Can he really be growing too? This charming story will enchant younger readers and is perfect for sharing aloud. Beautifully presented as an illustrated hardback, it will make the perfect gift for all little children wondering if they're growing too. Key title / Helen Oxenbury is among the most popular and critically acclaimed illustrators of her time. / She has illustrated the following books: Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; Smarties Book Prize-winning Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and the modern classic We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. / Each copy of The Growing Story will also include an illustrated height chart for children to record their very own growing story. / Ruth Krauss's books include A Very Special House, A Hole is to Dig and Bears, all illustrated by Maurice Sendak. / Ruth Krauss has a two-time winner of the Caldecott Honor Book Award. / This universal story of childhood will appeal to all ages and beautiful, timeless illustrations are sure to make this a modern classic. / Competition: Shirley Hughes

About the Author

Ruth Krauss, a member of the experimental Writer's Laboratory at the Bank Street School in New York City in the 1940s, imaginatively used humour and invented words to create some of the very first books for children that highlighted the child's inner life. She collaborated with some of the greatest illustrators in children's literature, including Maurice Sendak, who described her as a 'giant' in children's literature, and her husband, Crockett Johnson


No matter the day and age of parenting, one theme that transcends time is a child's rush to grow up. In this evergreen tale, first published by Krauss in 1947, a boy is eager to keep up with the world around him, a place that seems to change at a rate faster than he can fathom. Throughout the story, he continues to ask if his mother if he, too, will grow like his puppy and barnyard chicks, their measurable growth marking the passage of time for him. Oxenbury's (Alice Through the Looking-Glass) thoughtful, detailed illustrations capture the beauty that comes with the start of a new season, from the trees bursting with blossoms to the darkened skies of autumn days presaging winter's approach. Krauss's short, simple sentences move the action along at a rapid clip ("The days grew longer. The nights grew shorter. The grass grew faster. The flowers grew higher"), and before long, the story comes full circle. The pivotal moment occurs when the boy unpacks his warm clothes in preparation for the onset of colder weather and sees for himself that he has indeed grown. His unabashed joy at his maturation is cause for celebration, as evidenced by his joyous cartwheel, accompanied by the phrase "I'm growing too," bringing the story to a close. Parents are sure to find this heartwarming edition familiar and bittersweet. Ages 4-8. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Praise for The Growing Story: 'A book to treasure.' Irish Examiner Praise for 'We're Going On a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury: 'Beautifully produced, written and illustrated, this is a classic work for any age at any period.' The Independent on Sunday Praise for 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll and Helen Oxenbury: 'Simply one to own.' The Times

PreS-K-A young boy watches a puppy, chicks, and the world around him grow through the seasons. On the opening page, it is early spring, with light snow falling and buds just appearing on the trees. The puppy is small enough for the boy to tuck under his arm. As the days grow warmer, the child and his mother put away his warm woolen clothes. He watches in wonder as the flowers bloom, pears ripen, and the puppy grows into a dog. He asks his mother, "Am I growing too?" Despite her affectionate reassurances, the youngster is still unsure. As the leaves grow red and yellow and brown, the days grow shorter, and the air grows colder, they take the box of warm clothes from the shelf. The little boy is delighted to find that everything is too small, and, with a cartwheel of delight, proudly shouts to the dog and the chickens, "I am growing too." The illustrations perfectly capture the gentle spirit of Krauss's classic text (HarperCollins, 1947). Oxenbury conveys the expressive postures of childhood in the boy's skipping gait, his stance as he ponders something, and his pensive gaze as he considers his changing world. The expressive watercolors are especially suited to the beauty of the changing landscape. The text is nicely paced and well suited for storytimes or one-on-one sharing. A great selection for a new generation of readers.-Robin L. Gibson, Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, OH Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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