Big and Little

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With these two bold, colorful board books, Todd Parr introduces BIG concepts to little children. In BIG & little, kids can compare sizes of everything from trucks and tricycles to elephants and ants and mommies and babies. In Black & White, they can point out a black sheep and a white sheep, a black hat and a white snowman, and even a black-and-white zebra!

Author Biography: Todd Parr's previous books have been praised by critics as whimsical, upbeat (Publishers Weekly),...

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Overview

With these two bold, colorful board books, Todd Parr introduces BIG concepts to little children. In BIG & little, kids can compare sizes of everything from trucks and tricycles to elephants and ants and mommies and babies. In Black & White, they can point out a black sheep and a white sheep, a black hat and a white snowman, and even a black-and-white zebra!

Author Biography: Todd Parr's previous books have been praised by critics as whimsical, upbeat (Publishers Weekly), delightful fun (Parenting), and clever, amusing, reassuring (School Library Journal). His designs appear on clothing, furniture, toys, and other products for children. He lives in San Francisco.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Steve Lavis looks at animals foreign and domestic with two Peek-Through Board Books. On the Farm follows the wooly sheep as he searches out who has eaten its breakfast. As each page is turned, more animals become visible through the die-cut spaces. The culprits are found behind the tractor. In the Jungle follows the same format, only this time a crocodile is in hiding. "Here I am!" shouts the crocodile on the last spread. Then he asks, "Who wants to hide next?" ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Very simple illustrations on solid colored pages comprise this board book. The focus is size and each spread compares two items, such as an elephant and an ant or a tree and a leaf. The small format makes this book attractive for the very young, and it will teach the concept with objects that kids encounter or will easily understand. This little book has some big ideas. 2001, Little Brown, $4.95. Ages 6 mo. to 3. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316692915
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 14
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 4.48 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Parr
Todd Parr
Even if you have never seen one of his books, you may already be familiar with Todd Parr's work from seeing bedding or toys emblazoned with his bold, colorful art. With his positive, slyly humorous picture books, Parr encourages toddlers and preschools to embrace their individuality and communicate what they feel. It's nearly impossible to look at his pages and not smile, no matter what age you are.

Biography

Author/illustrator Todd Parr is the poster child for perseverance. Growing up in Wyoming, he knew he wanted to be an artist, but he met with rejection at almost every turn. In school, his drawings and paintings were considered childish and simplistic. He even failed his high school art course for not meeting class standards. As a result, for many years he lacked the self-confidence to pursue his dreams. Then, when he finally mustered the resolve to begin painting in earnest, his work was turned down by dozens of galleries.

Yet, in spite of these roadblocks, Parr persisted. He arranged a small showing of his paintings at Wolfgang Puck's San Francisco restaurant Postrio. A buyer for Macy's West saw his canvases and encouraged him to design a line of merchandise for the store. Then, in 1998, Parr's bold, colorful style caught the eye of Little Brown agent Megan Tingley, who approached him to write children's books. The rest, as they say, is publishing history.

Unlike other children's authors, Parr is not a traditional storyteller; yet his books—with their positive, reassuring messages about acceptance, self-confidence, and diversity—have become enormously popular. In bestsellers like The Family Book, We Belong Together and It's Okay to Be Different, he encourage preschoolers to be themselves, to express their feelings, and to celebrate what makes each of them unique.

But it is his artwork—cheerful stick figures rendered in bright, neon colors and outlined boldly in black—that makes Parr one of the most recognized names in the world of children's literature. The same simplicity of technique that once drew criticism has proved to be his most bankable commodity. His work has been displayed in the windows of FAO Schwartz, his products are sold worldwide, and he has won awards for his books and for his preschool television show ToddWorld. Pretty good for a kid who was thrown out of high school art class!

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Not all of Parr's fans are eight and under—teens in Japan reportedly swamped the author on his book tour, bringing rice cookers and surfboards for signing.

Before he began his career as a children's author, Parr was a flight attendant for United Airlines.

Parr's first job was working at Taco Time for $1 an hour at age 11. "I was going to own my own someday," he said in an interview with Barnes & Noble.com. "I still love tacos. :)"

Parr gives special credit to his family for their support: "I have a very special family," he told Barnes & Noble.com. "They never really understood me, but encouraged me to go after everything I wanted even when we did not agree. As I now realize—this takes a lot of love to do."

Parr has no formal art training.

He was flabbergasted when he was approached to write children's books. "I can't even spell," he told us, "so the idea of being an 'author' never entered my mind!" Once he realized this would not be an obstacle, it cleared the way for him to focus on his artwork and the messages behind it.

When asked what kind of advice he would give to kids who want to be artists, here's what Parr told us:
Believe in yourself. Art is art even if no one else likes what you do. If it makes you happy, stay with it. Don't give up. And surround yourself with your work to remind yourself of what makes you feel good.

The message behind my work stemmed somewhat from my childhood because it was not okay for me to be who I was. I did not conform to the "norm" or want to be like everyone else. Things have not changed that much for kids today either; it seems harder for them. So in the process of doing what I'm doing in my work—enjoying my life and being happy—if I can help someone, especially kids, learn to believe in themselves, accept others, and learn not to hate, then maybe someone's life will be a little easier and maybe their dreams a little closer to coming true."

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    1. Hometown:
      Berkeley, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rock Springs, Wyoming
    1. Education:
      High school diploma
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