Pomelo Begins to Grow by Ramona Badescu, illus by Benjamin Chaud - hardcvr
Hardcover format. Out of print. A very sweet, very funny book. Highly recommended!
What exactly happens as a little one begins to grow? Do parts of the body grow unequally? Are there growing pains? Do changes on the outside mean changes on the inside? Children love it when they start to grow. The only thing better than being four is being four-and-a-half! But they also have questions and maybe even worry a little too.
Pomelo Begins to Grow explores this rich material with playfulness and humor. As Pomelo goes on his way one morning he passes his favorite dandelion, which looks surprisingly small. Pomelo has grown! All at once he wants to do something big, bigger than he's ever done. But wait, doesn't he have to be medium before he gets big? And then there's this: Will he turn gray like most elephants? Will he grow equally all over?
As Pomelo ponders these questions, he begins to find his way, learning that part of growing up means liking new things, as well as being able to hear and say the words "goodbye."
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.