You Are (Not) Small - Anna Kang(2014)

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ISBN 10 : 14778 47723
ISBN 13 : 978 14778 47725

          (Theodor Seuss Geisel Award - 2015)

Big is small; Small is Big                  
          How does a 'big' become 'small'? If the 'big' gets nearer to a 'very big'. How does a 'small' become 'big'? If the small gets nearer to a 'very small'. Confusing? Read this book and your kid can understand this comparison easily.

          There are two characters in this book, a big one and a small one. They break into a fight about who is big and who is small. Then there is a whole bunch of big and small creatures, who are involved in this comparison.

           Neither group is going to leave the fight, until they meet ...... (Well, that is the most interesting part). Finally, they all understand size depends on, with whom we are comparing to.

    Illustrator : Christopher Weyant    

     Publisher : Two Lions

    Classification : Conceptual (Big and Small, Comparison), Moral

    Age : Preschooler, Kindergartener, Grades 1 - 3

My Comment:

         This is a lovely book to introduce comparison(very small, small, big, very big). The book handles the concept of comparison in a clear way, that even small kids can understand. I should say the author and the illustrator has done a brilliant job in bringing multiple comparisons, textually and visually alive. (There was not a single confusion in this book about various sizes and my preschooler easily grasped the concept.)

         The illustrations by Christopher Weyant, are mild and cute. The sizing of various creatures are visually depicted in a precise way. The narration is clear and straightforward. Additionally, the layout of this book is great, with white background, that clearly uplifts the narration and pictures. For this reason, this book is visually appealing to small kids.

       I loved the way of using two unique fuzzy creatures, instead of choosing already known animals. Title is another positive way of expression.  About the moral part, whether we like it or not, our children are bounded to live in a world where comparison matters. So it is always good to teach our kids not to worry much about sizes. And, that was my words, after reading this book to my kids.

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  1. Sounds like a fun book! It's going on my library list. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for the comment! I am sure you will enjoy reading this wonderful book!

  2. This sounds like a great book my 3.5 year old would love. Thanks for a great recommendation and for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

    1. Thanks for the comment. I should thank you all for accepting me in Kid Lit Blog Hop. It is a great opportunity.

  3. This sounds adorable - and just the kind of thing to get small people's (and bigger ones' too!) brains buzzing

    1. Thanks and enjoy the book - a wonderful book with an wonderful idea of comparison.

  4. I love the cover! It's so simple, but just darling. Making comparisons is sometimes hard for children and this sounds like a great story to help instill learning while having fun at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for the comment. I too marveled at the moral of this story - a must known for kids.


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