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Through sensitive paintings and short, childlike phrases, this picture book explores the range of sizes from microorganisms to the “never-ever-ending sky.” Most double-page spreads present comparisons. For example, “Big Earth, / Small mountain” on one spread is followed by “Big mountain, / Small tree” on the next, with the mountain appearing either small or big, depending on the other entity in the comparison. The book’s broad topic and brief text combine to make an interpreter necessary for understanding some of the scenes, such as the opening, abstract-looking illustration of nebulae and galaxies accompanied only by the words “Room for all, big and small” and the large-scale painting of highly magnified creatures, with the text “What is smaller than a flea? / A world of things / too small to see.” However, many parents will see this not as a disadvantage, but as an opportunity. Introducing small children to a big idea, this handsome picture book uses an open-ended approach that could lead to good discussions. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan


Praise for Capturing Joy:
“. . . Bogart’s introduction to this Canadian painter is a lesson in self-determination . . . A lovely and inspiring book.” — School Library Journal

“Jo Ellen Bogart tells Lewis’ story with empathy and insight . . .” – Quill & Quire

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books; Har/Pstr edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887768911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887768910
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,108,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jo Ellen was born in Houston, Texas and spent her formative years in various cities of that state. At the University of Texas in Austin, she received degrees in elementary education and psychology. She moved to Guelph, Ontario in 1975 and worked as a supply teacher for several years, enjoying especially her experiences in school libraries. Jo Ellen has two grown children, a son and a daughter.

A real animal lover, Jo Ellen has had many interesting pets over the years, including Peruvian parrotlets, a coatimundi,and an Argentine tortoise. Current pets include Wendell the Border Collie, a huge koi, goldfish, and a ton of very colorful guppies.

Jo Ellen also loves reading, gardening, swimming, web surfing, and playing with two wonderful grandchildren. She has really enjoyed opportunities to visit and speak to children in many parts of Canada and likes to hear from her readers.

Jo Ellen loves the interplay of art and words in picture books and has written many. She likes to write about nature, numbers, art, and science. She loves fireflies, the northern lights and shooting stars, enjoying the research and learning involved. Her love of art led her to write biographies of two of Canada's best-loved female artists, Emily Carr and Maud Lewis.

A pair of books about four furry friends, THE BIG TREE GANG and OUT AND ABOUT WITH THE BIG TREE GANG, the latter of which was co-written with Jo Ellen's daughter, Jill Bogart, was aimed at early elementary readers. Jo Ellen's 2009 picture book from Tundra Books, entitled BIG AND SMALL, ROOM FOR ALL, was nominated for the Lane Anderson Award for science writing for young readers, a great honor for the book of beautiful illustrations and very few words.

After years of writing song lyrics, Jo Ellen met singer-songwriter/guitarist Eddie Douglas and formed a songwriting team that added six of her songs to Eddie's Juno nominated CD, GONNA KEEP DANCING. A new album soon to be released, SLEEPY SKY LULLABY, will feature more of Jo Ellen's lyrics and some songs co-written with Eddie.

Jo Ellen is very happy to have had her book GIFTS, illustrated in plasticene by Barbara Reid,chosen as the TD Grade One Giveaway book for 2011. It will be given free to each grade one student in Canada next fall.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mindy VINE VOICE on September 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A very simple book that's quite pleasing to read aloud about how your perception of size changes depending on what you're comparing the object to. Here's a sampling: (this is from memory so it might not be exact)

"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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CB on April 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What a GREAT book! Great idea. Entrancing illustrations!! And it's the first book my son 'engaged' enough to really start to focus on the words, recognize them, and anticipate them. Eventually recognizing and naming "Big" and "Small".

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 I rewrote it.

Book says:
"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!
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By Uyen Zimmerman on December 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. The concept is very unique and the illustrations are beautiful and captivating. My son loves hearing me read this book over and over.
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