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Friday, October 28, 2016

We Are Growing! Written and illustrated by Laurie Keller. Hyperion Books for Children, Hachette. 2016. $10.99 ages 6 and up

"You are growing CURLY.
I am the CURLIEST!

You are growing SILLY!
I am the SILLIEST!

We are POINTY.
We are the POINTIEST!

You are crunchy.

In this second book of the first pair in the new series, Laurie Keller introduces her readers to the world of adjectives and superlatives. There are eight blades of grass and they all talk ... well, seven do most of the talking and one does the thinking. Each one of them has a very special trait ... they mention this as they discover that they are growing!  Walt is absolutely sure about what he is not; he has no real claim to fame, it seems. OR DOES HE?

His friends want to help, but they are powerless in determining which is his best trait. When a lawn mower changes their perception of themselves, it takes their own reassuring voices to bring harmony. They know they will keep growing. Before that happens, Walt makes a self-discovery that leaves him feeling very content.

This funny, dialogue-filled book is sure to be enjoyed by early readers and is, once again, perfect for reading together. The expressive blades of grass will attract careful attention, and encourage readers to think about their own strengths ... even in the event of a big change. Ms. Keller makes watching grass grow a real adventure!

Elephant and Piggie would like to sum it up for us:

"This book is the FUNNIEST!"
"I love to read."
"Me, too."
"Do you know what that makes us?"


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