"When you're big, you can do that." What child doesn't look forward to the day when they're big, and they can do all those things they've been told they can't do when they're little? But what does it mean to be "big"? Just HOW big does one need to be? Is "big" like the ruler in front of the rollercoaster that says "You must be taller than this to ride"? How long does getting big take?
With fun, vividly colorful, collage illustrations by Clare Fennell, Coleen Paratore tells young readers just what it really means to be "big." Little people can be "big," too. Getting big takes a lot of little steps. On each page, kids learn that being big is more than being older, richer, and having more "stuff." Big is about becoming independent, about using resources wisely, about helping others, and about being an involved member of your community. "BIG" is a great introduction to these concepts - bright and fun without being "preachy" or getting bogged down in details. Exactly what it means to be an "active citizen of your city, country, world" means is something that's still likely to go over the younger reader's head without additional explanation. It's something teens still struggle with, and adults do, too, sometimes. But I think it's the perfect opening for a conversation between parents and children about just what it means to be "big" and why those things matter.
This is a book parents can feel good about, too - "Little Pickle Press is dedicated to helping parents and educators cultivate conscious,responsible little people by stimulating explorations of the meaningful topics of their generation through a variety of media, technologies, and techniques." Their printed books are made using green energy and recycled materials, with care for the environment.