Small – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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Title: Small

Author & Illustrator: Gina Perry

Publisher: Little Bee Books, 2017

Ages: 3-5

Themes: being small, living big, perspective

Genre: fiction

40 pages


The City is big
and I am small


While spending the day with her mom and baby sibling, one little girl feels overwhelmed by the big world that surrounds her. Tall buildings, noisy cars, and hungry ducks who want to eat her lunch all make her feel like she is small. Until . . . she dreams big by being an artist, plays big and makes the winning shot, and swings big because she is brave. Soon she realizes she IS big, and nothing can stand in her way!

Why I like this book:

A simple text along with bright and playful illustrations in a big and busy city with a diverse population makes for a feel-good story for big and small.  With its bright quirky illustrations and minimal text, this will be an attention gabbing and swift read for preschoolers, who will ask for repeat reads, I am sure!  Kids shouldn’t miss the bright yellow butterfly who always follows the protagonist.

I especially love the little girl’s expression when those ducks nab her hot dog!

A fun read about perspective for PreK.


Don’t miss the interview I did this week with Gina Perry.

Have children illustrate the question, “What makes you feel small?”

Find more “Perfect Picture Book Friday” reviews at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog HERE.

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11 Responses to Small – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. Enjoyed your interview on Tuesday with Gina Perry and was looking forward to seeing her book today. Love that cover! Feeling overwhelmed and small in our big world is such a universal theme for kids. I love the Gina’s spin on the story.

  2. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    What a great idea to add that little butterfly, another very small thing in a very big world. Kids can really relate. Thanks for putting this book in the spotlight!

  3. I am looking forward to examining this book more closely. I am very glad you featured it today.

  4. This sounds like a perfect addition to a near future ‘thumbelina’ storytime theme I am putting together!

  5. Keila Dawson says:

    Sometimes the simplest stories resonate with a wide audience. Haven’t read it and can’t wait. Love that not only is diversity included, it sounds authentic.

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