As Big as You by Elaine Greenstein

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When you were born,
you were as big as a cabbage,
Your knee was as round as a radish,
Your ear as wee as a sweet pea.
You were as quiet as a mouse.

Through spring, summer, winter, and fall, baby grows and so do baby’s arms, and legs, and nose! In autumn, he’s as large as a pumpkin; in winter, he’s as full as a holly bush, and in spring, he’s as long as the lettuce patch. And someday, one day, he’ll be as big as mama. But it will take many seasons first!

Elaine Greenstein’s springtime palette celebrates the growing of a child in a setting abundant with nature. And parents don’t have to stop at the last line!

About Elaine Greenstein

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Elaine Greenstein has written and illustrated many books for children, including Mrs. Rose’s Garden and Dreaming.
Published March 12, 2002 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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as quiet as a mouse,” it opens, and then you grew “large as a pumpkin” and “bouncy as a bunny.” Readers see the babe in the spring, with a mouth “dainty as a strawberry” and in the summer “high as the tomato plant.” In the fall, when the child’s hand is “wide as an oak leaf,” her mother makes an ...

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