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When I Get Bigger (Pictureback(R)) by Mercer…

When I Get Bigger (Pictureback(R)) (1999)

by Mercer Mayer

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Somehow I never minded reading these over and over again to my kids. I guess because LC is just a little naughty/ impulsive, but also lovable, w/good intentions. Something like Ramona Quimby, Clementine, and my kids. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
When I Get Bigger takes us through a time in Little Critter's life where he is just ready to grow up. He talks about going out and buying his own candy, wearing a watch to tell everyone the time, having a paper route etc. He says all of this will happen as he is going into first grade. This is a fun book that can show the exaggerations that kids have when they talk about growing up. In my classroom, I would use this when we were talking about growing up and becoming more independent. When my students talk about wanting to do everything on their own, it would be fun to bring this book out and read it and have them see what can happen when they grow up. Genre: fantasy. ( )
  amassingale | Jan 23, 2015 |
I really enjoy this book because I feel it is extremely relatable to young children. Personally as a child, I always thought about what I will be able to do when I got older. I have a sister who is four years older than me and I would live vicariously through her. The book talks about things that young children can’t wait to do when they’re older. The best part about this book, I think, is that it brings up activities that older people take advantage of doing. For example it states, “I’ll order something from a catalog and it will come in the mail.” For adults, this is a hassle and not an advantage. I think it is clever and entertaining that the author uses everyday, simple activities and make them seem like a dream to a little kid! The main message in this book is dreaming of what you can do when you grow up! ( )
  jtaylo41 | Mar 27, 2014 |
I used to love the Little Critter books when I was younger, so I of course loved this book. This story is great because it shows all the things adults can do, but aren't necessarily safe for children to do on their own. It can remind children why their parents and teachers make rules and that one day, they'll have different rules. ( )
  slcooley | Dec 10, 2013 |
When I get bigger is a bout a little critter wanting to get older, and to be able to do more on his own. He wants to help the little kids swing on the playground, and pick out his own boots. He wants to be able to stay up late to finish a movie but he has to go to bed because his mom and dad said so.

Personal Reaction: I really like this story because it lets children know they are still young and have to listen to their parents. But it also lets them see there are some things they can’t do right now because they are to young but once they get older they will be allowed to do those things they can’t do yet.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. After reading the story have an in class discussion about what they want to do now but are not allowed to do because their parents tell them they are to young!
2. Do a little project with the students about what they want to be when they get older!
  kimbo2012 | Mar 27, 2013 |
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In this funny, all-too-human picture book, Mercer Mayer's famous Little Critter dreams of the day when he will be big enough to go to first grade, dial phone numbers by himself, camp out in the backyard, or walk to the corner store. By the end of his energetic daydreaming, Little Critter is so tired he has to go to bed. As he himself admits, "I'm not bigger yet." It's a fine and familiar catalogue of what young children yearn for.

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A child imagines all the things to be done when one is bigger.

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