Saturday, April 21, 2012

Book #112: Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? By Susan A. Shea, Illustrations by Tom Slaughter

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This colorfully stylish flap book uses rhyming text to ask the repetitive question: “Do you know which ones will grow?” Each two page spread compares an animal with an inanimate object. For instance, one question features a polar bear cub that grows into a bear and asks kids if a stool can grow into a chair. Kids are encouraged to answer “Yes” or “No,” but the answers aren’t given on the individual pages. After a set of four questions the book recaps the questions and provides answers before moving onto another set of questions. The final question breaks the pattern, “can a baby grow and become…YOU?”

This is a great book for people who are new to reading out loud for groups of kids. The discussion questions are built right into the text and the repetition and predictability make it easy for kids to follow. The paper collage illustrations use simple shapes and outlines arranged in eye-catching layouts. The flaps that show a washcloth growing into a towel and a cupcake into a cake make the illustrations as interactive as the text.

Use this book with preschoolers who are learning to differentiate between living and nonliving things. They’ll know the answer to most of the questions, but the reinforcement of the idea is important and the book presents it in a fun, sometimes silly, way. Plus, they’ll enjoy shouting out “Yes!” and “No!” In addition, each flap opens to reveal the word that completes the question, which of course fits into the rhyming scheme. The book also features several sets of animal parents and their babies, so you could easily add it to a storytime or unit about animal babies.

Make cards that show the pairs in the book. Make sure that each card shows the baby and the adult or the two inanimate objects because the visual element is important. Make a Yes column and a No column on your board or wall and as the kids answer each question put the cards in the appropriate column. You can extend this activity beyond the book by creating more cards with more pairs.

You can also have the kids create their own comparisons and illustrate them. Older kids may want to include flaps or cut outs like the book.


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