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Tiny and Hercules Hardcover – May 12, 2009
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K—A droll, upbeat tale with cheery watercolor-and-ink illustrations. The story contains five vignettes about a mouse and an elephant, and the first giggle is right there in the title, since Tiny is the elephant and Hercules is the mouse. Each scenario requires some thought and ingenuity. Tiny is invited to an ice-skating party but doesn't know how to skate. Hercules needs to paint something LARGE for his art class. Rude customers shake Tiny's composure when the friends open a lemonade stand. Hercules's 103-year-old uncle can't blow out all the candles on his birthday cake. When Tiny and Hercules decide to knit each other sweaters, Tiny finishes his mouse-sized sweater long before Hercules can make inroads on an elephant-sized one. The tales are peppered with exclamations like, "Great idea!," "Don't worry," and "I think I can help you." In fact, even the most sidesplitting moments in these stories (as when Hercules holds Tiny aloft on the skating rink and does the skating for them both) are secondary to the touching portrait of a devoted friendship.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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“Tiny, an elephant, and Hercules, a mouse, are best friends. Like all friends, sometimes they take turns suggesting what to do and manage to surmount their differing sizes and skills.” ―The Chicago Tribune
“Five brief episodes tell how the pals take turns helping each other out, and Schwartz's clear, colorful drawings on white backgrounds offer plenty of assistance to newly independent readers.” ―Horn Book
“Even the most sidesplitting moments in these stories are secondary to the touching portrait of a devoted friendship.” ―School Library Journal
“The chaptery approach makes this inviting as a readalone or a serial readaloud, and illustratively inclined kids will appreciate the art-dependent conclusions of some of the stories.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“This friendly cousin of Laura Vaccaro Seeger's Dog and Bear (2007) is filled with understated humor and even-tempered loyalty.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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