Big Is Big and Little, Little: A Book of Contrasts

Big Is Big and Little, Little: A Book of Contrasts

by Bob Barner, J. Patrick Lewis
     
 
From big and little to cool and hot, from fat and thin to dark and light, poet J. Patrick Lewis cleverly and clearly covers a range of kid friendly opposites, while Bob Barner’s bold and accessible artwork underscores and enlivens the concept for the youngest audiences.

Overview

From big and little to cool and hot, from fat and thin to dark and light, poet J. Patrick Lewis cleverly and clearly covers a range of kid friendly opposites, while Bob Barner’s bold and accessible artwork underscores and enlivens the concept for the youngest audiences.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS - Gr 1 - Wordplay meets playful art in this clever look at opposites. Lewis's bouncy verse and Barner's rollicking illustrations show the contrasts between various animals-"Fat is fat and thin is thin. Some curve out and some curve in" is illustrated with a portly pig skipping next to a slinky snake. Using a chantlike beginning to each rhyme, every small vignette tells its own mini-story ("Cool is cool and hot is hot" compares penguins and a lizard; "Mad is mad and sad is sad" shows a disapproving frog and his chastened offspring). Done in a combination of cut-paper collage, bright pastels, and bold black line, Barner's animals cavort against vivid backgrounds. This book is a pleasure to use as a read-aloud or read-alone.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI

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Kirkus Reviews
Bright, bold collages of torn paper, pastels and tempera fairly jump off the pages as Barner and Lewis team up with this concept book in rhyme for lap listeners. "Big is big and little, little / If you are somewhere in the middle" starts off the series of bouncy, whimsical couplets. The enormous whale takes up most of the double-page spread, while the jolly middle-sized fish chases after the tiny one, not realizing the danger. Well-known animals are chosen to illustrate the concepts, but some of the ideas might be a little over the heads of the target audience: "Young is young and old is old, / pink and blue-or silver and gold." The picture of a presumably older hippo and two teeny hippos does not help the reader understand the idea. The more straightforward ideas are the most successful. "Day is day and night is night. / One is dark and one is light." Still, preschool teachers will enjoy this somewhat slapdash examination of the oft-taught idea of opposites. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823419098
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
760,565
Product dimensions:
11.30(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

Big is big and little, little
If you are somewhere in the middle.

Meet the Author

Bob Barner has written and illustrated many books for children including "Fish Wish". "School Library Journal" has called his collage art "gorgeous" and "engaging". He lives in San Francisco, California. His website is www.bobbarner.com.

J. Patrick Lewis is the author of many well-received books for young readers. School Library Journal has stated, “No one is better at clever wordplay than Lewis.”He has written more than thirty-five books for children, including Arithme-Tickle and Scien-Trickery, both illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz. He lives in Ohio.

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