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How the Tiny People Grew Tall: An Original Creation Tale Hardcover – October 11, 2005


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Kindergarten-Grade 2–In this original creation myth, the Tiny People emerge from the center of the Earth, led by the bravest and tiniest of them all, who surges on ahead of his wary compatriots. Over time, the forest denizens teach them a number of lessons, such as bravery, patience, and how to hunt. As they learn, the Tiny People grow a little taller, until finally they have absorbed so much that they become human, dancing around a bonfire as the animals watch. Watercolor-and-acrylic illustrations, some quite beautiful, help carry the story and compensate for some of the weaknesses in the text. The Tiny People, with their potbellies and sticklike arms and legs, are juxtaposed against lush, realistic creatures and the forest, and smaller paintings break up blocks of type. Unfortunately, the artwork and story often diverge. The Center of the Earth is described as hot and crowded, but the illustration shows a large, cool cavern with only a handful of Tiny People. Scant motive supports their actions, and the story's concluding observation, Sometimes animals even learn from people, seems to come from another story altogether. Perhaps Turtle knew that it was true, but children have to accept that on face value as the text does not demonstrate how. The tale is based on a Native American emergence myth, but readers are left wondering if the actual myth would be more satisfying.–Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
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PreS-Gr. 2. With a light touch unusual in most creation stories, this large-size picture book will appeal to preschoolers, especially because the Tiniest Person, "smaller than the others," is the strong leader. The words are colloquial and immediate. "Let's get out of here," the leader urges the people, and inspired by Eagle, Bear, Coyote, and other creatures, the Tiny People leave their dark hole in the earth and grow tall and brave. The bright watercolor-and-acrylic paintings show the huge animals towering over the tiny, naked humans (a unisex nakedness), who grow bigger and stronger and eventually learn to make a new home. Wood says her story is based on American Indian creation myths (though she does not specify which nation), and the final double-page spread shows tall, dark-haired, Native American people celebrating around their fire in the woods. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (October 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763615439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763615437
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,083,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Carpenter on May 30, 2006
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We loved this book! We've been fans of Rebecca Walsh's illustration since her first book, The Well at the End of the World, another story of discovery and new horizons, themes which are well matched to her orderly, lush style. We enjoy good children's book illustration a lot in our household, and I think Rebecca Walsh is doing some of the best work of the moment. The spiky tangle and high-key color of her previous work has been subdued to some degree in How the Tiny People Grew Tall, which is predominantly a work of sumptuous, subtle images. This is very sophisticated artwork. Ms. Walsh has a knack for moving the story with a hum of visual activity, or bringing it to a pause, the intricacies of her detail established in quiet, absorbing compositions. The plates with this quietude are my favorites- the Tiny People greeting a turtle who looks like an extension of the landscape in his relative immensity; or the color-suffused field of flowers he carries them through; or the gentle bear, in another adept manipulation of scale, peering down at the protagonists through a frame of velvety tulip blossoms. These images are exquisite; they have a hush which is irresistable. How the Tiny People Grew Tall came out last October, I hope we don't have to wait long for a new book by this remarkable new talent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Hopkins on October 15, 2008
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Great story and beautiful artwork, my kids really liked it. Better for 7-9 year old range.
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