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Pomelo Begins to Grow by Ramona Badescu
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Pomelo Begins to Grow (edition 2011)

by Ramona Badescu, Benjamin Chaud (Illustrator)

Series: Pomelo

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Title:Pomelo Begins to Grow
Authors:Ramona Badescu
Other authors:Benjamin Chaud (Illustrator)
Info:Enchanted Lion Books (2011), Hardcover, 48 pages
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Rating:****
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Pomelo Begins to Grow by Ramona Badescu

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When Pomelo the garden elephant passes his favorite dandelion and discovers that it looks rather small, he realizes that he himself has grown. This change precipitates a period of intense questioning, as he begins to wonder just what growing up entails, and what it will mean. He wonders what happens on the inside, to cause growth on the outside, and wonders if everyone grows at the same rate. Does growing up entail growing old? Will he turn gray when he's grown? In the end, Pomelo discovers that he is no longer as afraid as he once was, setting out from his garden on a voyage of exploration...

Originally published in France as Pomelo grandit, and translated into English by the wonderful Brooklyn-based Enchanted Lion Books, Pomelo Begins to Grow presents a gently contemplative, and ultimately thought-provoking look at an issue of interest to all children: growing up. Some of the issues that Pomelo considers may have also occurred to the young reader/listener, while others might be new to him, but by presenting her elephantine hero as a young person with lots of questions, Ramona Badescu highlights the importance and validity of questioning itself, as an essential component of the maturation process. The artwork by Benjamin Chaud is colorful, quirky and appealing, depicting Pomelo and his friends in any number of whimsically amusing ways, depending upon the question and/or imagining being discussed in the text. I particularly liked Pomelo's winding trunk! Recommended to anyone looking for picture-books with a more philosophical bent, or who enjoys Benjamin Chaud's artwork. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Feb 3, 2017 |
Awesome story that has a great message for kids about growing up to fast. I has colorful pictures full of details. This book sends a great message even to adults.
  EvelynCoria | Dec 5, 2015 |
“Pomelo Begins to Grow”

I liked the fantasy story, Pomelo Begins to Grow, by Ramona Badescu and Benjamin Chaud. The story takes oneself on a journey from the perspective of a youngster. The main character is a young elephant that lives in a garden. The big idea is that he is noticing that he is growing up.
Mostly, the illustrations and the plot were inviting and made the story entertaining. The whimsical illustrations keep the audience’s attention with silly pictures of friendly creatures that are found in Pomelo’s garden. Pomelo wonders how his body is going to get bigger. He is curious about the rate that his body parts will grow. The illustrator did a great job depicting a scene where Pomelo is contemplating how his body would look if his body parts only grew one at a time.
The plot, or storyline, was easy to follow and showed an element of anxiety. Pomelo was anxious to grow up, and he was also nervous about what growing up meant. This was evident when he realized that he had to eventually say goodbye to his friends in the garden and step out into the big world. ( )
  JenniferEckley | Sep 10, 2014 |
A decent 'growing-up' book, with striking and inventive illustrations. It's a little overly "teachy", but children going through their own growing pains with relate with Pomelo and see themselves in his story. ( )
  shazzerwise | Feb 14, 2012 |
My six-year-old loves the art, but reading the English translation is rough going for me. Question marks abound--sometimes appropriately, in several instances inappropriately, as in: "He also asks himself if he will turn gray as he grows up?".

"There's no question, he want's [Sic] to know more." Alas, I didn't after that page. Hand this one to a pre-reader; don't confuse an emerging one. ( )
  ASKier | Nov 19, 2011 |
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When his favorite dandelion looks surprisingly small, Pomelo the garden elephant discovers that he is growing and then wonders about the mysterious process called growth.

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