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The colorful, lively characters in this book, will captivate young readers as the discover the wonderful world of relative sizes?an important stepping stone to learning early math skills and measurments. This book features a double gatefold. Ages 4-7

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The colorful, lively characters in this book, will captivate young readers as the discover the wonderful world of relative sizes—an important stepping stone to learning early math skills and measurments. This book features a double gatefold. Ages 4-7

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Four colorful mouselike beings of varied sizes represent the concepts of small, medium, large, and extra large in bold, posterlike spreads rendered in black line and swathes of thick, textured paints. Similar characters, larger and smaller, join the original four to expand the notion of size at both ends of the scale (e.g., "huge," "enormous," "colossal"; and "tiny," "minuscule," and "itty-bitty") and demonstrate how many smaller sizes can stack up to equal one "colossal" size in a splendid, culminating vertical gatefold. The "medium" character adds some narrative tension along the way as it waits expectantly on the sidelines for its turn to participate. While the relative sizes of S/M/L/XL seem universal, the other vocabulary of size introduced might be fairly construed as synonymous rather than strictly relative. Still, the generous trim size, large font, simple ideas, and eye-popping shapes and colors add up to a cheerful concept book ideal for sharing with a group of young children or as a lapsit.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
Publishers Weekly
In their sixth collaboration, Jenkins and Bogacki (Daffodil, Crocodile) offer a loose introduction to comparative sizes—with a little vocabulary lesson thrown in. Helping them is a collection of indeterminate critters—some mouselike, others doglike, all endearingly eager-eyed and roundly geometric—of varying heights, from “itty-bitty” (“So small, you might not even notice it”) to “colossal” (revealed in a double gatefold finale). The characters are welcoming to each other and ready for anything, happily grouping and regrouping so readers can see how they relate to one another: “This one is small. This one is medium. This one is large.” And when the critters stand on top of one another, which they do with aplomb, it becomes clear how many small parts can equal a single larger one (“These two small ones on top of each other are the same as... a large!”). The bright colors, whimsical yet totemic characters, and brightly declarative prose make for an invitingly offbeat experience: think Teletubbies by way of the Futurists. Ages 4–7. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Compare the different sizes of a variety of characters beginning with small, medium, and large as they are place side by side across the layout. Then, the sizes get larger with the introduction of extra large, huge, enormous, and colossal. Next, the sizes get smaller from tiny to miniature to miniscule. The smallest is itty-bitty. Then, the relative sizes are compared in combination. Two small characters with one on top of the other measure up as the same height as the large character. The finale is on the double-gatefold layout where combination of all the different sizes is equivalent to the height of the colossal-sized character. The terms for sizes provide an opportunity to learn about synonyms. There are some simple comparisons of sizes; however, the idea that two smalls are equivalent to a large may be confusing or misleading. The illustrations are brightly colored the end pages features all the different characters arranged by height. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595722997
  • Publisher: Star Bright Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/2011
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 972,883
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted October 16, 2011


    Jenkins newest book is a play on sizes. From minuscule to colossal, Bogacki's colorful, adorable illustrations play on adjectives, particularly synonyms for big and small. This would be fun to use in a classroom when the children are getting ready to expand their writing to include descriptive words or a fun bedtime story when you have some time to play finding things of different sizes. Grades 1-3 simply because some of the words and their relative meanings are a bit complicated for very young children.

    Digital copy courtesy of NetGalley and Star Bright Books, Inc.

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