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Big and Small, Room for All Hardcover – April 14, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
But it has 2 drawbacks...I expected it to focus equally on the "room for all" theme, but it didn't :( But more disappointing was the ending....so I rewrote it.
"What is smaller than a flea? A world of things too small to see." (has images of amoebas and cells, etc)
"Big sky, Big sky, What is bigger than the sky? The never-ever-ending sky." (with a vague sort of cloudy-sky watercolor...(huh?))
I rewrite it when reading it to my son as:
"What is bigger than the sky? MANY worlds of things TOO big for us to see." Then I explain to him that all the little dots shown are planets as big as ours MANY miles away. All I could come up with, but it's better than "Never-ever-ending sky" IMHO!
"Big and small, big and small, room for all, big and small.
Big Sun, small earth.
Big earth, small mountain.
Big mountain, small tree..."
And it goes down from tree, to man, to child, to kitty, to mouse, to flea. The water color illustrations are gorgeous and my son enjoys this book. Since it's so simple, he's memorized it and recites it sometimes before he goes to bed to soothe himself.
The only thing that really bothers me about the book is the last sentence. "Big sky, big sky, what is bigger than the sky? The Never ending sky." UGH! Isn't that like saying "What is bigger than the moon? The Moon!" I know it's a small thing but it's enough to bump this down to four stars in my book. Otherwise the book is excellent.