Kidogo

Kidogo

by Anik McGrory
     
 

Kidogo is sure he's the tiniest creature on earth. All the other animals are so much bigger than he is. Kidogo sets out on a journey—through the woodlands, over the plains, down to the river—to see if he can find an animal smaller than he is. Is it possible that Kidogo is exactly the right size after all? Heartwarming illustrations and a gentle

Overview

Kidogo is sure he's the tiniest creature on earth. All the other animals are so much bigger than he is. Kidogo sets out on a journey—through the woodlands, over the plains, down to the river—to see if he can find an animal smaller than he is. Is it possible that Kidogo is exactly the right size after all? Heartwarming illustrations and a gentle story will inspire and reassure young children who are just starting to find their own way in a big world.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This wonderful picture book tells us the story of Kidogo, the smallest of the elephants. Kidogo needs help to reach the tender acacia leaves, help to cross the river and help from his mother with his dust bath, "although he wasn't sure he needed one." Frustrated by all the help, Kidogo sets off to find a creature smaller than himself. As he wanders, he encounters a giraffe, a hippopotamus and a lion, until Kidogo is convinced he really is the smallest animal in the world. Kidogo is determined to do elephant things without help and while trying to manage his own dust bath he finds himself surrounded by tiny animals. Kidogo then finds himself helping the tiny termites in the same way he receives help from his family. He follows the marching termites who lead him back to their hill and to his own family. Once home again, Kidogo decides he is exactly the right size. The journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance is lovely in its own right and when combined with the beautiful pencil and watercolor illustrations it is sure to draw in readers. The endpaper illustrations are amusing, with the front cover showing Kidogo and all the larger animals and the back cover showing Kidogo with all the smaller animals. This is a perfect story for children who are feeling too small to help themselves. 2005, Bloomsbury, Ages 8 to 10.
—Sharon Oliver
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Kidogo is "small-for an elephant." He needs help reaching the tender acacia leaves, crossing the flooding river, and taking a dust bath. Determined to find someone as small as he, he searches the woodlands, the flooding river, and the plains, and just as he gives up, he feels an itching and a tickling and discovers tiny ants around him. Kidogo helps them find acacia leaves, cross the flooding river, and take a dust bath, while following them through the vast land to his home. It is there, with his cousins, his aunties, and his mama, that Kidogo realizes that "He was just right-for a little elephant." The poetic text is perfectly matched with pencil-and-watercolor illustrations that depict a warm and lovely home in a land where Kidogo "-slept through nights that were deeper than his dreams." This sweet, enchanting story is just right.-Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Kidogo, a young elephant, is convinced that he is the smallest creature on the Earth and decides to go on a quest to find someone "who was just as small as he." Through the woodlands, along the river, across the plains he looks. Finally, he stops, deciding that he will just have to do everything for himself. As he gives himself a dust bath, he feels an itching and tickling that will not go away. He is surrounded by creatures much smaller than he is: ants. As he helps the tiny ants, he realizes that he is just the right size "for a little elephant." Soft watercolor illustrations, while true to the African landscapes, seem washed out and too muted. A charming tale celebrating the unique position of all things, this is sweet, but not a necessary purchase. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582349749
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/03/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Anik McGrory studied illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and is the author and illustrator of Mouton's Impossible Dream, which was an ABA Pick of the Lists. An American, Anik currently lives in England with her husband and their baby.

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