Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea with paintings by Tom Slaughter
Growing can be a hard thing for children to understand. Why do some things grow and others stay the same size? What does it mean to be alive? A duckling will become a duck, but will a car become a truck? Cubs will get bigger and grow into bears, but will a stool become a chair? In neat rhymes, all sorts of items are explored in Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?. The book is set up so that it asks these questions and then invites kids to answer them; it never gives wrong information, like a shovel will grow up to be a plow. It does, though, encourage kids to use critical thinking skills. Before the examples get too numerous, the book provides answers: yes to ducks and bears, no to trucks and chairs. The images are bright and colourful; the book uses flaps and cutouts to play with the concept of growing. I think this would be an interesting choice for a storytime; I’ve used Do Pigs Have Stripes? by Melanie Walsh in the past and I’ve found that kids love shouting out the answers. It would also be a strong choice for a one-on-one reading experience.