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!
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!