Board Book Review: Big or Little by Kathy Stinson and Jennifer A. Bell (Illustrations)


Big or Little by Kathy Stinson and Jennifer A. Bell (Illustrations)

Age Range: 2 – 4 years
Grade Level: Preschool and up
Board book: 24 pages
Publisher: Annick Press; Brdbk edition (January 9, 2014)

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

A big favorite about being little, now available as a board book.

It can be tough sometimes, trying to igure out if you’re a little kid
or a big one. Putting your shoes on all by yourself means you’re big.
But if you can’t get your shirt over your head, that must mean you’re
still little!

The child in this classic story by Kathy Stinson goes through the day
wondering which activities mean you’re big, and which mean you’re
little. Counting to 10? Deinitely big! But can’t reach the cookies …
certainly means little. Being big sure would be great … but being little
is okay, too.

Still in demand after 25 years, Big or Little? is back with a
shorter text adapted for toddlers, and wonderfully imaginative new
illustrations. Full of the everyday struggles and triumphs of growing
up, this favorite story will resonate with pre-schoolers everywhere.

About the Author:

Born in Toronto many years ago, Kathy sorted mail, waited tables, and
taught elementary school before finally figuring out that what she
really wanted to do was write.

As well as writing picture books,
novels, short stories, biography, and other non-fiction, Kathy has led
writing workshops across Canada and in Liberia. She’s also a regular
volunteer reader and technician at the CNIB Recording Studio.

of two, stepmother of two, and grandmother of five, she lives in a
small town outside Toronto with her partner and their dog.

About the Artist:

Jennifer A. Bell is an illustrator whose work can be found on
greeting cards, in magazines, and in multiple children’s books. She
studied fine art at the Columbus College of Art and Design and spent
many years as a seasonal giftware and greeting card designer before
becoming a children’s book illustrator. Her titles include Too Shy for Show-and-Tell by Beth Bracken (awarded the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize in 2012), Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer, the Stella Batts series by Courtney Sheinmel, When a Dad Says ‘I Love You’ by Douglas Wood, and My Pen Pal, Santa by Melissa Stanton.

She lives in Minneapolis MN with her husband, son, and cranky cat.

clients include Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins, Scholastic, Random
House, Capstone Press, Tanglewood Press, Annick Press, Highlights High
Five, Holiday House, Sleeping Bear Press, American Greetings, and Great
Arrow Graphics.


My Thoughts:

The illustrations in this book are adorable. They create a sweet,
comforting atmosphere that little children will enjoy. The book is about
feeling big or feeling little. Children feel grown up, or big, when
they can be independent and do things on their own. They feel little
when they have to take a nap or can’t reach the cookies by themselves.
But being little isn’t all bad. Sometimes you want to be little.

This is a really cute board book. There are short, simple sentences on
each page, so even toddlers will be able to enjoy it, while older kids
will be able to read it by themselves (and feel big in the process). My preschooler loved this book!

If you get the chance, visit the artist’s website for a visual treat because her work is incredible!

Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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