Many of you are probably familiar with the beautiful work of Pat Hutchins, author and illustrator. Books such as the widely popular Rosie’s Walk, Don’t Forget the Bacon, and The Wind Blew are just a few of her books. I was delighted when I came across a book on the library shelves this week that I have read many times as a child, “You’ll Soon Grow Into Them Titch”
You’ll Soon Grown Into Them Titch
By Pat Hutchins
Titch needed new pants. His Brother pete said, “You can have my old pants, they’re too small for me.”They’re still a bit big for me,” said Titch. “You’ll soon grow into them,” said Pete.
I don’t know if it was the repetitive statement “You’ll soon grow into them, Titch” or the different changes that were happening in the book…such as the mums baby belly growing, the plants, trees, nests changing with the season outside the window, or if it was simply that I found Titch’s baggy clothes funny, but I used to read this one on a regular basis for many years.
One thing I do know is that like all Pat Hutchins books it is easy to read, is full of detail and there is a little bit of subtle humour throughout the pages. Her books are almost always a subject children can relate to…such as hand me downs and being the youngest child (well for a short time in this story).
What is particularly special about this book is that it is still on library shelves, still being reprinted (this is a fairly new looking copy), still being borrowed by a whole other generation of children and the story is still relevant today as it was in 1983 for me.