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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Littles and How They Grow, written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by AG Ford. Doubleday, Penguin. 2017. $23.99 ages 2 and up

"Littles are walked in wide
meadows and malls,
in cities, on seashores,
down long moonlit halls.

Littles are sung to
on quilts and in cars,
in rainstorms and
rockers and under the

It boggles my mind to think how fast my granddaughters are growing! As their parents deal with the daily wonders of time spent together, they don't necessarily notice the many changes I see with each FaceTime visit. I know it is what happened to us when our kids were small, too.

The observations shared in Kelly DiPucchio's lively and lovely poetic text take her 'littles' from birth, to baby, to toddler, and even to boarding a school bus for the first time:

" ... and littles grow BIG
in the blink of an eye."

Isn't that the truth? It is such fun to watch these children with their innocent, charming faces do what little ones do. They eat, sleep, smile, laugh, chew on their own toes, and cry! We are there to soothe, feed, swaddle, rock, entertain, and love them. All of that is evident in the gentle family images AG Ford has created for the various scenarios. He was inspired to create the scenes based on his fascination with his own baby Maddox.

This book is filled with impeccable language; its rhythms carry the reader from page to page sharing a fascination for all things 'little'. These moments will be recognized by everyone who has watched with delight, and even a slight feeling of dread, as days pass and children grow and change in every way.

Do you know someone expecting a new baby? If you do, what better way to celebrate the birth than making a start on a library? Add Everywhere Babies (Meyers, 2004), Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (Fox, 2010), Welcome Baby (Reid, 2013), and Hug) (Alborough, 2001) to the stash and that baby and its parents are set to begin the reading journey of a lifetime.   

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