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Mar 11 2015

You are (NOT) small by Anna Kang

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Ill. by Christopher Weyant. Hachette, 2014. ISBN 9781444918304
Highly recommended for 3-6 year olds. Husband and wife team Anna Kang and Christopher Wayant won the ALA's 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award award for the most distinguished beginning reader book with You Are (Not) Small!
Anna Kang looks at size perception in a uniquely simple way. Two furry creatures meet and disagree on just who is big and who is small. Each state their observation plainly, and as they are joined more of their own kind, they become more vocal.
The larger orange and yellow fuzzy animals shout, 'You are all small!'
The smaller grey and purple creatures reply, 'You are all big!'
The argument is halted by a BOOM! A huge green hairy foot appears, both groups are surprised when tiny pink creatures parachute in to join the fun.
Christopher Weyant is a cartoonist for the New Yorker. He translates his understanding of the young audience in his simple illustrations they are bold, expressive and humorous. This is a great read aloud story, an exciting reader's theatre and is a great tool for teaching expression and punctuation.
Rhyllis Bignell

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