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Big and Small, Room for All Hardcover – April 14, 2009

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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

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • 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: #2,308,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 ending....so 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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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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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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