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Someone Bigger Hardcover – March 22, 2004

4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-When Sam and his father embark on a day of kite flying, the boy repeatedly asks to hold the string, but is told that he is too little. As the kite gathers strength, it carries off first his father and then many unsuspecting people who happen to be in its path-including a bank robber, a bride and groom, a postman, and a policeman on a horse. Sam is told by all in a repeated refrain: "No, you're too small/-This kite needs/someone bigger." Finally, the child proves his worth by seizing the string and winding the kite and all of the hangers-on to safety. Reynolds's colorful watercolor cartoons depict the bouncy adventure, which is told in singsong verses. Sam sums it up with, "I'm not too small, and as you see,/this kite needs someone/JUST/LIKE/ME!" Young readers will appreciate the boy's predicament and love the fact that, despite his small stature, he saves the day. A great choice for storytime and one-on-one sharing.
G. Alyssa Parkinson, Highland Township Library, MI
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PreS-Gr. 1. Sam and his dad take their homemade kite out on a windy day to give it a try. Sam pleads with Dad to let him hold it, but Dad says, "No, you're too small! This kite needs someone bigger." Then, as Sam watches, Dad is pulled into the sky. A postman, a bank robber, a policeman riding on a horse, a bridegroom ("and his bride, of course") try to pull the kite down, but are swooped up right along with Dad. At every turn, Sam's efforts to help are met with the refrain, "This kite needs someone bigger." Reynolds takes full advantage of the slapstick nature of the story, matching the silliness with humorous watercolor scenes, often shown from unusual aerial perspectives, depicting astonished people on the ground watching as a growing parade of humans and animals dangle from the kite string. Of course, Sam proves in the end that he is big enough to handle the kite, and kids will cheer his heroics. The catchy rhymes and colorful art make this a good choice for a spring storytime. Lauren Peterson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (March 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618443975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618443970
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sharon Stephenson on April 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If your little one is chafing at your rules and restrictions, this book is well suited for you (or if your child likes kites or is names "Sam"). Illustrations are accessible and cheerful, rhymes well. I like the large size of the book and the illustrator's use of perspective. Best of all, the take-home message is very clear -- sometimes kids are the best candidates for the job.
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This book made us all laugh and guess as a class what would happen next. Great way to introduce cause and effect. The children love to guess what books are about by the picture on the cover, this book surprised us all!
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I loved this book. I got it recently from the library for my daughter and upon reading it, she loved it and I did too. The pictures are colorful, cheerful, and well-done. The rhyming verse is fun to read but not overly simplistic. Most of all, it has a great message: sometimes parents need to step aside and let kids experience things for themselves.

After we return this book to the library, I think I'll turn around and buy it from Amazon, so that we can revisit it often!
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When "Someone Bigger" was checked out of the library for my two year old grandson, he absolutely loved the story. Wanted it read to him each night before bedtime!! So, when it came time to buy a Christmas gift for him, I purchased "Someone Bigger." As you can imagine, my grandson enjoys having his very own book.
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Obviously not the most realistic of books and more fun for the adult than the child, but an excellent reminder for me to make sure that I let my sons have the fun and not underestimate their abilities.
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