How You Got So Smart

32p. 978-0-39925-260-0.
Gr 1-Up This picture book's spirit is similar to that of Dr. Seuss's "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" (Random, 1990), but it celebrates growing up by looking back. "You've made us all proud/By who you've become./And we'd like to review/How you did what you've done." Readers are taken on a tour of the steps children take as they learn about themselves and the world around them by tasting, touching, falling down, and getting up. Comical cartoon illustrations bring humor to the enthusiastic text: "You knew how to listen when anyone spoke" shows a child engaged with a classroom speaker while everyone else, including the teacher, has fallen asleep. No one will see themselves in all of the pages, but some will ring true for everyone. An additional title that will be most successful as a gift book for kids passing important life milestones."Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
Upbeat cartoon illustrations feature a boy as he grows from infancy to childhood absorbing experiences, learning from others, enjoying freedom to make his own mistakes, and expanding his world. The lighthearted rhyming text is short and addressed directly to the boy, but it speaks to all children.

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