Pomelo Begins to Grow by Ramona Badescu
(Pomelo the Garden Elephant)

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What happens as a little one begins to grow? Do parts of the body grow unequally? If the outside grows, does that mean the inside is changing too? Children love it when they begin to grow! But they also have questions and maybe even worry a little too. Pomelo Begins to Grow explores this rich material with playfulness and humor, without undercutting the importance of the questions.

Ramona Badescu was born in Romania in 1980. She arrived in France at eleven and started to write for children at twenty-one. A busy, prolific writer, she currently lives in the wonderful city of Marseilles.

Benjamin Chaud has illustrated an impressive number of picture books and has written at least one as well.

 

About Ramona Badescu

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Ramona Badescu was born in 1980 in southern Romania.She arrived in France at the age of 11 and started to write for children ten years later. She lives in the wonderfully diverse French city of Marseille. Benjamin Chaud lives and works in Paris. He has illustrated an impressive number of picture books and has written at least one as well.
 
Published August 16, 2011 by Enchanted Lion Books. 48 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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From familiar (“the glowing yellow of fireflies”) to surprising (“the happy gray of rain”), from abstract (“the gray of things you can’t quite remember”) to concrete (“the green-gray of rot”), the sensibility’s always whimsical.

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He paints strawberries to look like Easter eggs, takes a mud bath with a corps of smiling bright red-and-yellow potatoes, tries new foods like hot peppers (and, on another page, even sushi) and at last marches off in search of a big adventure after “learning to say ‘goodbye’ and being able to hea...

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The young elephant Pomelo is growing up, and this French pair, in their English-language debut, chronicle his doubts and questions, transferring onto his eraser-pink body and round eyes the anxieties that ordinary children have but rarely express.

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Pomelo explores the vast colors of the rainbow and all the varieties of shades (and interpretations) in between – from “the silent white of the blank page” to the “foamy white of hot milk” and “the promising red of ripening strawberries” to “the hypnotizing red of love.” Badescu begins with all t...

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