Good To Be Small

Good To Be Small

by Sean Cassidy
     
 

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Mr. Christie's Silver Seal Book Award winner

Sometimes the smallest ones can make the biggest difference.

Something is wrong in the barnyard. Lamb is missing! Mama Sheep calls out the alarm and the other sheep fret. But who is going to find Lamb? When tiny Mouse steps forward to help, the other sheep just lament. Mouse is too small to find a missing

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Mr. Christie's Silver Seal Book Award winner

Sometimes the smallest ones can make the biggest difference.

Something is wrong in the barnyard. Lamb is missing! Mama Sheep calls out the alarm and the other sheep fret. But who is going to find Lamb? When tiny Mouse steps forward to help, the other sheep just lament. Mouse is too small to find a missing lamb.

But the determined little rodent doesn't mind what others think. She knows that it can be a good thing to be small. Only Mouse is nimble enough to climb to the roof of the barn to see Lamb in the distance. And only Mouse is light enough to hitch a ride with speedier animals as she endeavors to reach the frightened lamb. Mouse knows that sometimes it takes the smallest one of all to get the biggest results.

Little humans will love this story with its use of repetition and its simple, easy-to-learn text. And the illustrator of the award-winning title, The Chicken Cat, uses a vibrant pallet to bring his animal characters to life. The result is a delightful story that small audiences will demand again and again.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The meat of this simple, straightforward story comes through the pictures. Cassidy won the Mr. Christie Award for his art in The Chicken Cat, and the same quirky imagination and attention to detail is obvious here. . . It's through the pictures that we get a strong sense of who the characters are and what they are capable of - and for children the visual is a vital part of understanding the story."

-- City Parent

"This paperback edition has delightful illustrations which do a great job of conveying feeling, adding to the simple text. Libraries needing more titles for this age group will enjoy adding this book. A good all around title!"

-- Lane Education Service District

"This book challenges all of us to be little heroes in whatever we can be. All ends happily as the little mouse finds the little lamb and a life lesson is taught that everyone can be a hero in one way or another. "

-- The Ledger, Indianapolis

"This simple and reassuring story for the very young has lovely illustrations that are rendered in acrylic paints on glossy paper."

-- Christian Schools International Library Materials Guide

"Stories of unlikely heroes are always favorites with small children who, like the central characters, are surrounded with bigger, stronger, and apparently more capable individuals. In this case, the underdog is an undermouse who is dismissed as being too small when she offers to find a lost lamb. . . After an initial reading of the story, early elementary students can consider how she is able to succeed and why the steps she takes are proof that it is "good to be small". . . After studying each picture, students can discuss what quality of character she exhibits in performing each action. She can be compared to such "dismissed" unlikely heroes as the mouse in Leo Lionni's Frederick and the title hero of Mordecai Richler's Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang."

-- Wild Rose Children's Literature Newsletter

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550416992
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
03/09/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Sean Cassidy was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. He has written and illustrated a number of titles, including Gummytoes, Wake Up Henry Rooster and Good to be Small, which won the Mr. Christie's Book Award Silver Seal. His picture book debut with author Stephanie McLellan, The Chicken Cat, resulted in both the Mr. Christie's Book Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award. Sean lives near Orangeville, Ontario, with his wife and daughter.

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