Perfect Picture Book Friday! You Are NOT Small by Anna Kang

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I am a giant very tall (5’9″) and a classmate of mine is around 4 feet tall, and this book gets the debate about who is big and who is NOT small right!

yournotsmallYou Are NOT Small
By Anna Kang
Illustrations by Christopher Weyant
32 pages – ages 2+
Published by Two Lions on August 5, 2014

Theme/Topic- Differences/Perspective

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “You are small

Synopsis – From Goodreads: Two 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!

Why I liked this book- This book not only has a great lesson about perspective and debate, is also hilarious! The story shows the reader there are many ways of looking at something. Just because something is small to you doesn’t mean it is small. It isn’t preachy at – all just fun! The story is completely dialogue, but still gives a full feeling, even with only around 90 words in the whole book! The illustrations are simple, but are great to look at (and the fuzzy bear-like creatures are really cute).



The story points out that we really have to think about how we see things (or people (or fuzzy bear things)). The ending is awesome because it involves getting a snack after settling an argument. 🙂 This is a great book!

Activities and Resources- 

I think a good activity for this book is to take a story and change the perspective. For example re-tell the 3 Little Pigs from the perspective of the pig building his house out of sticks. Maybe he had a bad back and couldn’t lift bricks, or he just couldn’t afford the bricks. 😉

Have your kids or students draw a picture of a tree (or whatever else in nature – it doesn’t really matter) as they see it and then how an ant would see it. Then ask how are the pictures different and how are they the same.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!




Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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40 replies

  1. Taking a moment to walk in someone else’s shoes. It’s all about perspective and changing things up a bit. Sounds like an excellent and very funny book for kids! Great choice.

  2. What a cute book! I see a perspective art lesson in my future!

  3. Aw, this looks cute. I wonder, is it a board-book? Any hey, it’s snowing on your blog, isn’t it?

  4. I like this book! It’s so good to stretch a child’s thinking by having them try to consider different perspectives.

  5. I love this book. I was always small for my age and it upset me a lot. I could have used this book as a child.

  6. 5’9″? Gah! In elementary scholl I was always one of the smallest, end-of-the-line kids! Hope my library gets this book – fast!

  7. Being a tad vertically challenged, this book really rings with me. It looks extremely cute. Will add it to the list. Great review!

  8. Sounds like a fun, clever read to me, Erik. Good choice. And I love your snowflakes!

  9. 5’9!! This looks solo funny. I love those expressions.

  10. I like that ending the argument with a snack idea!! And your art ideas are quite clever as well!!!

  11. My daughter is one of the taller ones in her class so this sounds like a book she might like.

  12. small, tall… it’s all relative. What a fun way to show that.

  13. Interesting story. Have to look it up it sounds like fun. Great for Kids!

  14. This sounds like a great book and I love the theme you mentioned. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  15. I love this book for so many reasons. Size is relative. Thanks for sharing, SuperKid!

  16. I really love this book and especially the story behind it 🙂 There’s that great “full circle/twist” at the end, too! Great stuff, Erik 🙂

  17. My just-turned-11-yr-old son, 5’2″ with no shoes on, is the tallest in his class. He has a “twin” friend who’s a girl who is 4′ tall at best. They were born on the same night and celebrate their birthdays together at school. It always involves snacking. 😀 I like how this book helps kids learn that their own perspective can be very different from other perspectives. Nice choice, Erik!

  18. Looks like my comment shot out into a black hole. I love this book and the ending is so terrific I laughed my happy laugh until my stomach hurt. Knew you would love this. Glad I didn’t give you the ending? 🙂

  19. Looks like nothing is posting from me. Not sure why. Maybe it is the community PC I must now use with my 2 laptops not working. I love the story and knew you would also love it. Glad I refused to give the ending away? 🙂

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