When I Am Big
When I Am Big
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Annotation: A child imagines many things to do when one is big, from one to twenty-five, including climbing a tree with fourteen branches to reach a tree house big enough for fifteen bears.
Catalog Number: #159731
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-616-89602-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-616-89602-7
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017035663
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
What small child doesn't love to count or to anticipate all the glorious things they will do when they are bigger?This original picture book combines these two pastimes by embedding succeeding numbers within increasingly imaginative, bold fantasies for the future—when the child is older and free to have "5 scoops of ice cream for lunch" or "7 different jobs, one for each day of the week." Each numeral stands out, enlarged and assertive, within the narrator's declarative dreams. But who is the narrator? The first page suggests a light-skinned boy, but when admiring the "7 different jobs" (among them cookie taster, scallop diver, and opera singer), observant readers notice several different figures (of, perhaps, different genders, as one wears just swimming trunks and another wears a long gown) at work. By the time the narrator plans to "play a trumpet with 11 buttons," readers see a blond, pink-cheeked man on the horn and know this voice encompasses the desires of many children, not just one dreamer. However, Dek's figures appear all from the same place and pale-skinned palette, though some have ruddier cheeks than others. It seems a missed opportunity to engage a broad audience of readers not to show them an impressive spectrum of children of varying skin tones and backgrounds.The watercolor illustrations, charming, comedic, and pleasing, will no doubt delight readers, although they won't show many of them reflections of themselves. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-K

A Walk in the Forest introduced the enormously talented Maria Dek, and When I Am Big is a beguiling follow up to her first success. Charming illustrations and text encourage young children to explore what they can do as they grow up. The adventurous child imagines "I will tie my shoes all by myself, make 3 knots with big bows"; to eat twenty pizzas in one sitting, or walk animals, eight at a time, while teaching them tricks. When I Am Big is also an unconventional counting book, as it goes all the way to twenty-five. The result is a book that nourishes a child's curiosity, confidence, and delight in the world's wonders.


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