You are Not Small

You are Not Small

4.08 (5,466 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.08 (5,466 ratings by Goodreads)

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Winner of the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel AwardTwo fuzzy creatures can't agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!The simple text of Anna Kang and bold illustrations of New Yorker cartoonist Christopher Weyant tell an original and very funny story about size-it all depends on who's standing next to you.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 235 x 279 x 13mm | 522g
  • WA, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, color
  • 1477847723
  • 9781477847725
  • 198,487

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"Kang and Weyant bolster the accessibility of their tidy metaphor by creating sweet-looking, relatable creatures and placing them in an environment with no distinguishing features; children will have no trouble seeing themselves in the situation--and the solution." --Booklist

"This playful take on perspective details a confrontation between two bears . . . Husband and wife team Kang and Weyant nail the concept and provide humor along the way. The story's structure makes it an entertaining readaloud, and the dialogue between the two bears authentically captures child logic." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"What some parents may use as a lesson in relativity others will embrace as an encouragement to good-humored humility." --Wall Street Journal

"[A] funny book with a good-hearted lesson." --School Library Journal

"This picture book would be very useful to teach perspective and point-of view to young readers and touches on conflict resolution. The large font and use of white space, along with simple yet very effective illustrations, will make this book very popular as a read-aloud and for independent reading." --Library Media Connection

"Snuggly, fun picture book about sizing the world up." --Common Sense Media

"Small. Big. Kang's experimentation with those words (and Weyant's visual play) is what makes this one sing for big readers and small ones." --This Picture Book Life

"Size matters. Or does it? And aren't things like "big" and "small" relative concepts anyway? You bet they are, as husband-and-wife author-illustrator team Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant make clear in their debut children's book, the spare and thought-provoking You Are (Not) Small. A furry, purple bear-like creature refuses to accept the "small" label give to him by a larger, orange creature. "I am not small. You are big," he tells him. The orange creature calls over his similarly sized friends and declares that he's not big, compared to them. "You are small," the orange creature reiterates...It's Relativism 101 for children, and it works. Very young children firmly entrenched in the ego stage of psychological development need a story this elemental and uncluttered to drive home the notion that "it's true for me" doesn't make something true for everyone. Kang and Weyant pull this off without belaboring the point, and Weyant's loose and cheerful cartoon illustrations, rendered in ink and watercolors, make it all accessible and much fun. His palette is soft and warm, and his bulbous-nosed creatures, outlined in a thick black line, are endearing. The sunny yellow endpapers are an indication that the low-key strife within the pages of the book will resolve itself quickly. It's big fun." --BookPage, Julie Danielson
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4.08 out of 5 stars
- 5,466 ratings
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4 32% (1,731)
3 18% (995)
2 5% (255)
1 2% (136)
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