Before After

Before After

Book - 2014 | First U.S. edition 2014
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"Everyone knows that a tiny acorn grows into a mighty oak and a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. But in this clever, visually enchanting volume, it's also true that a cow can result in both a bottle of milk and a painting of a cow, and an ape in a jungle may become an urban King Kong. Just as day turns into night and back again, a many-tiered cake is both created and eaten down to a single piece. With simple, graphic illustrations sure to appeal to even the youngest of children, this beautiful rumination on the passage of time will please the most discerning adult readers, too"-- from Amazon.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition 2014
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780763676216
Call Number: jE RAMSTEIN 2014
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm


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With each page a new surprise emerges!

Great writing prompt as students fill in what happened between the before and after images.

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ArapahoeJulieH Jan 18, 2020

The inviting illustrations in this book capture the imagination with an alternate way of looking at cause and effect, possibilities, seasonal changes and the invention of useful things created from raw materials and human ingenuity. Although the book is wordless, engaging stories and conversations will emerge with the kiddos! Ages 4-8

Sep 26, 2017

The book was a great educational tool for vocabulary expansion for my 4.5 yo son. We chatted our way through the entire book. He loved it!

LaurieE26 Jul 05, 2017

Love this book! What a great concept introduction for little ones. It is also available in a board book very very young readers.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 17, 2016

Great little picture book! It made me laugh!

JCLHelenH Apr 02, 2015

There is elegance in the simplicity of this beautiful illustration of the passage of time, creation and destruction, and the where things come from. While found in the children's section of the library Before After can be enjoyed by anyone.

BklynKalliopiM Jan 29, 2015

Delightful wordless book for ages 4-8 but certainly will be loved by readers of all ages. My favorite spreads are the back-to-back chicken and egg, and egg and chicken. Subdued illustrations with a soft palette depict events, creatures, and situations before and after they happen.


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Sep 26, 2017

creiling thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 6

LaurieE26 Jul 05, 2017

LaurieE26 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


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