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Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,207 Ratings  ·  181 Reviews
Do you know about Grow's glow? Earning starred reviews and chosen as an ALA Notable selection, this striking nonfiction book explores the differences between living and non-living things. School Library Journal declared it "a standout concept book [that's] engaging, fun . . . and a favorite for storytimes or one-on-one settings." (App also available.)
Hardcover, 38 pages
Published March 30th 2011 by Blue Apple Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jun 12, 2011 Betsy rated it really liked it
Because I'm a librarian I like to slot books into distinct categories. Alphabet book. Concept book. Emotions book. So on. Other people like it too. That's why I keep a file of different lists of books by topic at my reference desk. There are some books that don't fit into any category, and that's fine. They're cool. They prove that the publishing industry today allows for creativity. Then there's a third category; books that belong to categories where they are the sole occupants. Meet Do You Kno ...more
Oct 11, 2011 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This interactive and engaging book will have children eagerly answering the questions inside. The book is all about whether something is alive or not, whether it will grow or not. Told in rhyming sets of questions, the final rhyme and answer is hidden beneath another flip-out page that makes it into a guessing game for the rhyme. So in the first pages, “If a ducking grows and becomes a duck, can a car grow and become…” Turn the page and you find “a truck?” The flaps also have die cut holes in th ...more
Michele Stalmer
Great great story to teach young children about living and non living things. It is a great book to use as part of any living and non living unit. It has bright pictures and simple text for even young children to understand.
Whitney Rachel
Jul 08, 2014 Whitney Rachel rated it really liked it
I'm giving this four stars because at times the rhymes felt forced. I think it would be a lot of fun to read during ST; perhaps with first graders?

UPDATE: Just tried it at Pre-school storytime. 'Twas a hit!
"If a snakelet becomes a snake, can a cupcake grow and become a (lift-the-flap) cake?" How do I love thee, "Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?" Let me count the ways.

1.I didn't know they were called snakelets, so yay for learning vocabulary in context.
2. Nothing like lifting a flap to grab a young audience.
3. Love the rhyming practice we get to guess the right answer.
4. Half way through the book, we stop to get the answer (yes to these, no to those) and then we go to round two, which ends with
Shoshana G
Sep 09, 2015 Shoshana G rated it it was amazing
Read this at story time today and it got checked out, which never happens!
Kaitlyn Steckbeck
Oct 18, 2014 Kaitlyn Steckbeck rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bakers-dozen
"Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?" is a wonderful story that explores what objects can grow and what cannot. Throughout the book there are different animals compared to object such as a cub which turns into a bear as it grows, compared to a stool that could not turn into a chair. This story has pictures that open up to become something new, which can really get the students involved and excited. Also, instead of just saying which things will grow and which will not, the book asks the question c ...more
Garrett Harner
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow is a fun early reader book that allows children to use their past experiences to come to a conclusion on which things will grow, and which will not. Each page shows something that will grow and mature in to something else, while the counter page focuses on inanimate objects that will not grow. This will allow the young children to think about things they know, and to make inferences on which things will grow and which will not.

Classroom Connections: This book is
Nov 29, 2011 Candice rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
A terrific rhyming lift-the-flap book with simple, colorful illustrations. As the title implies, the book asks the reader which of the items will grow. "If a duckling grows and becomes a duck, can a car grow and become...[lift the flap to see] a truck?" After each series of verses, there's a page of "Yes to ducks, bears and owls. No to trucks, chairs and towels." Absolutely wonderful!
Barbara Maguire
Mar 27, 2011 Barbara Maguire rated it it was amazing
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow begs to be read to young children. The elements of rhyme and repetition make it a perfect read-aloud. I found many of our beginning readers could read it on their own after a couple of shared readings, so it's a favorite in the "try it" box of books for our emergent readers, The vibrant pictures and lift-the-flap excitement just add to the fun.
Jan 28, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This will be fun to share in a storytime. I'm always curious to see how the reasoning skills are developing in the kids who come to storytime. I like how the nonliving items grow into bigger versions of themselves. Even though they don't "grow" like the living things do, it provides an opportunity to talk about the similarities and differences between say, a shovel and a plow.
Marcia Sexton
Mar 08, 2011 Marcia Sexton rated it it was amazing
This will be an absolute favorite for any youngster who will positively read it over and over and over and over again! Fun and thought provoking. One of my favorites for the year!
Jun 26, 2014 Kristina rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-studies
This is a fun and interactive book for children. It goes through many different things that can grow and things that can not grow. It allows the children to guess if each thing mentioned can actually grow into bigger things. Its a good to book for focusing on how things change and grow over time. It allows them see that they are growing as well as other things around them such as nature and animals. It also allows them to see that some things don't change and grow like cars and clothes. Those ar ...more
Meredith Bush
Jun 26, 2014 Meredith Bush rated it it was amazing
This is an interactive flap book that starts by stating that some things grow and others stay the way they were made. Then the book goes through various things/objects: i.e. ducks, cars, bears, stools, kitten, caps, sweater, etc. "If a kid grows and becomes a goat, can a sweater grow and become a coat?" At the end of the book it answers each question with a yes or no. This book would be good to use as a segue into talking about living/nonliving things. It could also be good if a teacher wanted t ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Heidi rated it it was amazing
The minute I read about this book, I knew it was one I wanted to get. The younger children that I work with really enjoy interactive books. The concept is a fun one (checking the reader's knowledge of what things change shape or size over time and which things don't) and the flaps are pretty cool too. I had fun reading the book and even laughed at the end. I decided to try this book out on my almost four-year-old nephew, Action Boy. I had to catch him between 'adventures.' Sure enough, he liked ...more
Mar 08, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea, illustrated by Tom Slaughter is an interactive lift-the-flap book about growth, with questions about animals versus inanimate objects.

Slaughter's colorful illustrations using cut paper transform into something else when the flaps are lifted. The simple design is very appealing. My favorite images include the cover, polar bears, stool to chair, sweater to coat, snakelet & snake, cupcake to cake, pickup to rig, watch to clock, joey & kang
Oct 26, 2011 Teacher. rated it it was amazing
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? is Susan A. Shea’s first novel. The book is illustrated by Tom Slaughter. The book sets out to ask readers which items grow and is tailored for children who know they are growing bigger. The book features items like bear cubs, baseball caps, stools, and fox kits. The text on each page is structured as rhyming text. Children will enjoy answering the questions such as: Does a car grow to become a truck? (Children really like answering questions like this.) Each pa ...more
Amy Forrester
Apr 21, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
This colorfully stylish flap book uses rhyming text to ask the repetitive question: “Do you know which ones will grow?” Each two page spread compares an animal with an inanimate object. For instance, one question features a polar bear cub that grows into a bear and asks kids if a stool can grow into a chair. Kids are encouraged to answer “Yes” or “No,” but the answers aren’t given on the individual pages. After a set of four questions the book recaps the questions and provides answers before mov ...more
Alison Flemming
Sep 17, 2012 Alison Flemming rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? By Susan Shea paintings by Tom Slaughter (Blue Apple Books, 2011) 36p. Concept Book.

Summary: This is a book that compares inanimate objects with animate objects. It teaches children the difference between things that will grow and things that will not grow. For example a stool cannot grow, while a duckling grows into a duck.

a. This is a fun and interesting book that helps children learn things that will grow and things that will not grow. It is writt
Sarah Alexander
Sep 18, 2013 Sarah Alexander rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
I loved this book and so did my daughter, we read it 5 times before she would go to sleep. It is about teaching children and reinforcing their concepts of the growth capacity of non-living and living things. The books asks if a living thing , like a duckling, can grow can a non-living thing, like a car, grow as well. My daughter thought it was hilarious they were asking if a car can grow into a truck or a washcloth into a towel. This book would be very useful in the classroom because it can be u ...more
Apr 16, 2016 Colers rated it it was amazing
The concept of rhyming is challenging for some kiddos. My boyfriend's niece is struggling with this concept. She really enjoyed this book. It has a repeating sentence format and was easy for her to pick up the pattern and single out the rhyming words. The book also focuses on the concept of objects that are alive and grow compared to objects that don't. She was also struggling with this concept as well but again picked it up after reading the book several times. It was a very useful book!
Dec 30, 2012 Debbie rated it it was amazing
This is simply the most delightful picture book I’ve read so far this year.

In snappy rhyme, the book compares objects that grow with those that “rust, fade or break.”

If an owlet grows to be an owl, will a washcloth grow to be a towel?

Each double spread asks a similar question and the right side page opens in some way to reveal that the “non-growable” object did indeed grow. Even young children will recognize the silliness and be amused.

There were several new words for Steven: (fox) kit, (goat) k
Jul 09, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 577-the-list
2012 ALA notable

This book starts out strong with a good rhyme and clever use of the folded, cut-out pages to simulate objects "growing" into one another. I think it goes on just a hair too long with too little variation, however, and suffers for it. Ultimately still a good story time book for 3-5s, thanks to the question format.
Breon Randon
Fantastic book for teaching babies and toddlers the difference between living, growing beings & inanimate objects. Not only is the verse catchy and the illustrations so pretty with their graphic Stillings and bold colors, the flips and flaps through make this interactive book so fun for the youngest set.
Nov 06, 2014 Kristy rated it really liked it
I like this picture book because it is interactive in several ways. The children get to yell out what animals grow into, "yes" or "no" on if objects will grow, and they get to lift the flaps for the answers. Very simple and a lot of fun for a pre-k group.

Great for pre-K storytime.
Kay Ray
Apr 17, 2013 Kay Ray rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-book
Do You Know Which Ones WIll Grow by Susan A. Shea is a great picture poetry book for children. This book is such a fun book for children. Each page you flip through is co colorful, and has many different images that are inside different shapes. Its also fun because the way the Author wrote this and had the illustrations behind it, you can really ask the students, so if a duckling makes a duck, does a car make a truck? it would be fun to see their reactions and their answers as well. when you fli ...more
현순 최
Dec 03, 2014 현순 최 rated it really liked it
Shelves: imagination
This book is very useful. Because children can learn what things will grow or not. For example, if a duckling grows and becomes a duck. Can a car grow and become..... answer is chair. If a cub grows and becomes a bear. Can a stool grow and become.... answer is a chair.
Lori Calabrese
Apr 02, 2011 Lori Calabrese rated it it was amazing
Looking for a fun interactive book that will have your young readers answering yes or no? Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? is a beautiful picture book that engages young minds to look around. They'll notice that things grow like you and me and other things stay the way they're made.

The format of the book is great for read-alouds or for young readers to read on their own. For example, you or young reader reads...

If a duckling grows and becomes a duck,
can a car grow and become...

Open up the sprea
Jason Penckofer
Mock Caldecott's away... I like the interactivity here of asking the questions of the reader: if this (organic thing) grows into this (other organic thing), can this (non-organic thing) grow into this (other non-organic thing). Each interactive question is heightened by the lift-the-flap reveal/transformation of the one non-organic thing into the other. In that way it's both smart and fun. There is no note on exactly what the art is composed of, although it looks mostly to be cut and torn paper ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, 2y, 2013, 3y
This book helps children to understand the difference between living things and inanimate objects by asking questions like "if a kid grows and becomes a goat, can a sweater grow and become a coat?" The second half of each question is on a standalone page that folds out, allowing the sweater illustration to grow into a coat, for example.

Our 3 year old enjoyed this, and found the questions to be so silly he would erupt in laughter. Because of the fold-outs on every page it's not a book I would bu
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