I love books where kids have to think a little before they make predictions about what will come next.
I loved Q IS FOR DUCK.
I loved TOMORROW'S ALPHABET.
The kind where kids are sitting on their knees by the second page, dying to see the pictures so they can predict what will come next.
DO YOU KNOW WHICH ONES WILL GROW is another book I'm going to put into my "predict-a-little, think-a-little, kids are for sure going to love this one" category.
The first two page spread is an introduction:
If you look around
Some things grow,
like you and me.
Others stay the way
Until they crack or rust or fade.
Do you know which ones will grow?
Think, then answer,
YES or NO.
From then on, each half of two page spread contains a couplet.
The left hand page is a living thing,
the right hand side is non-living.
If a cub grows
and becomes a bear,
Can a stool grow and become…
Now, here comes the really fun part, and the part I know that kids are totally going to love. Each right hand page is a fold out, where you have to lift a flap to see the answer. And each flap is a different size or opens a different direction. The flap on the stool page, for example, lifts from the middle of the page up, and the stool becomes a chair.
Another one of my favorite pages:
If an owlet grows
and becomes an owl…
Can a washcloth grow and become…
(Pretend you are lifting the full page flap that's attached at the top)
Tom Saunders' illustrations really complement the text. They are bright colored and eye catching- simple shapes placed on top of other shapes, in kind of a collage-ish effect.
You could use this book as an introduction to a unit
on living and non-living things.
You could use this book for teaching reading strategies. It'd be a great book for teaching readers how to cross-check pictures against beginning sounds.
You could give it as a baby present.
Or you could just read it aloud.
Because it's way fun.
And kids are going to love it.