My Very Big Little World: A Sugarloaf Book

Overview

SugarLoaf is good at many things. Here's what she's best at:

Talking baby talk to her little sister

Waking her dad up in the morning

Painting portraits

Growing big-girl teeth

SugarLoaf's a very little girl with some very big ideas. Come play with her!

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Overview

SugarLoaf is good at many things. Here's what she's best at:

Talking baby talk to her little sister

Waking her dad up in the morning

Painting portraits

Growing big-girl teeth

SugarLoaf's a very little girl with some very big ideas. Come play with her!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Reynolds (The Dot) introduces readers to SugarLoaf, so named because at birth, her dentist mother thought she was "as sweet as sugar" while her baker father believed she "felt as warm as a freshly baked loaf of bread." SugarLoaf looks more like a teddy bear than a human girl, yet she leads a recognizably cozy domestic life with her parents, her baby sister, SugarLump ("I used to talk baby talk, so I understand her"), and her older, gearhead brother, Spoke, plus a visiting grandmother with a fondness for orange and an aunt who owns her own construction company. Reynolds blithely skips among the highlights of SugarLoaf's life. Youngsters learn, in what seems to be no particular order, that SugarLoaf gets up early like her Dad (she wakes him up by bouncing on her parents' bed at 5 a.m.), that she's fond of hosting tea parties with her toys and making collages, and that "outside is one of my favorite places." There's occasionally some wry counterpoint between the text and Reynolds's spirited, genial watercolors (SugarLoaf announces, for instance, that she and her dad are "morning people" but Dad snoozes over his coffee while his daughter goes full throttle). While the book feels a bit like a set-up for other stories to follow, readers will likely anticipate more tales about the winsome SugarLoaf. Ages 3-7. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Welcome to the world of Sugarloaf—a charming and infectiously sweet child. Not the biggest or the smallest in her family but smack dab in the middle, she all but sparkles as she talks about what is important in her little world. She likes to wake early with her Dad (they are morning people), she is growing teeth for her Mom the dentist to take care of, and she likes to draw portraits in Grammar's favorite color orange. Her observations are right on target for a preschool child who sees the world as all about herself. Pay careful attention to the whimsical childlike watercolor as they expand and extend Sugarloaf's precocious ramblings. Each illustration captures the bigness and smallness of Sugarloaf's world. The family's looming portrait gallery (the fridge) towers above her, and a few pages later she looms over her stuffed toys assembled for a drum solo. Sugarloaf tosses off a casual "see you next time" on the last page. Let us hope so because she is a little girl we are glad to have met. 2006, Atheneum, Ages 4 to 6.
—Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-SugarLoaf, a precocious kittenlike child (or childlike kitten), eagerly introduces readers to her family. Her world is one that listeners will recognize as she shares with them what she considers to be important: how she got her name, where she falls in the family order, her favorite color, her parents' occupations, etc. Her running monologue is reminiscent of many children's egocentric conversational style and allows Reynolds to throw in a handful of lines that will tickle the funny bone of both young and adult readers. "My mom is a dentist for boys and girls. I'm growing teeth for her to take care of." The genial story can be shared with youngsters or read by beginning readers since the text is comprised of short, easy-to-read sentences with plenty of visual clues provided by the art. The cartoon illustrations contribute to the fun, expanding on SugarLoaf's statements and often painting a picture entirely different than her words alone imply.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689876219
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/10/2006
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter H. Reynolds is the bestselling author and illustrator of I’m Here, The Dot, and Ish; and illustrator for the New York Times #1 bestseller Someday by Alison McGhee. He is also the illustrator of Going Places, Little Boy, Charlie and Kiwi, and the Judy Moody series. He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, where he is co-owner of the Blue Bunny bookstore. Visit Peter at PeterHReynolds.com.

Peter H. Reynolds is the bestselling author and illustrator of I’m Here, The Dot, and Ish; and illustrator for the New York Times #1 bestseller Someday by Alison McGhee. He is also the illustrator of Going Places, Little Boy, Charlie and Kiwi, and the Judy Moody series. He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, where he is co-owner of the Blue Bunny bookstore. Visit Peter at PeterHReynolds.com.

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