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The Very Small

The Very Small

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by Joyce Dunbar, Debi Gliori
     
 

When Giant Baby Bear finds a very small . . . something . . . lost in the woods, he wants to comfort his tiny new friend. So he brings the Very Small home to share his very large mommy and daddy, his favorite oversize toys, and all of his other special big things. The Very Small has fun, but when bedtime comes he longs for his very own little bed.
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Overview

When Giant Baby Bear finds a very small . . . something . . . lost in the woods, he wants to comfort his tiny new friend. So he brings the Very Small home to share his very large mommy and daddy, his favorite oversize toys, and all of his other special big things. The Very Small has fun, but when bedtime comes he longs for his very own little bed.
In the spirit of their previous bestselling collaboration, Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep, Joyce Dunbar and Debi Gliori deliver another warm and loving book sure to capture hearts-both big and small—everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An oversize format and the intriguing juxtaposition of large and little make for a fetching picture book from the team behind Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep. Giant Baby Bear stumbles across a thimble-size "something" while playing in the woods one day, and takes the tiny creature home with him. Though the ursine fellow's size frightens the "Very Small," he cheers up when his new friend builds him a playground with a seesaw made from a pencil and spool, and shares his dinner (the miniature guest eats "one whole pea and five whole crumbs of bread"). After a bath, the new friends snuggle down for the night--until a sneeze from Giant Baby Bear sends Very Small flying serendipitously back to his own parents. Dunbar's catchy, well-paced sentences (the bear's mother "gave a great big grin, showing all her great big teeth"), inspire Gliori's autumn-toned watercolors, which make the most of the contrasting sizes. Such enchanting vignettes as the teeny critter perched on the edge of its large host's plate or hiding his eyes from the scary sight of Giant Daddy Bear will win readers over. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-While playing in the woods, Giant Baby Bear discovers a tiny critter holding onto a falling leaf. The Very Small, who has brown-spotted fur overalls, pointy ears, and long wavy antennae, declares that he is lost and asks for his mommy. Although Giant Baby Bear takes him home and shares his parents, his room, his toys, his dinner, and his bathtub with his new friend, the little creature still feels a bit homesick. After the two are tucked into bed, Giant Baby Bear sneezes and the Very Small is catapulted into the air, through the woods, and into the arms of his relieved parents. By creating an interesting juxtaposition between things large and small, Dunbar mixes familiar themes of friendship, sharing, and longing for home into a story that seems fresh and unique. The text reads aloud nicely and gracefully acknowledges the wide range of emotions experienced by the Very Small during his adventure. The appealing watercolor paintings work well with the story, and many of the scenes accentuate the difference in size between the minute visitor and his huge hosts. The last illustration is a close-up of the Very Small, looking very large as he clings to his teddy bear, which now seems "very small!" A gentle, reassuring story written with careful attention to a young child's perspective.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A tiny, fey woodland creature and an oversized baby bear form an unlikely friendship in this bewitching tale. Dunbar crafts a tale about the magic of friendship and the generosity of spirit it inspires. Giant Baby Bear discovers a very young, lost little creature in the woods and dubs him "the Very Small." In an effort to soothe his apprehensive companion, Giant Baby Bear takes it home. However, the comforts of Baby Bear's home prove dubious to the Very Small, who is alarmed by Mommy Bear's oversized teeth and Daddy Bear's huge face. Baby Bear willingly offers to share all that he has with the Very Small and even creates a miniature play area to entertain the tiny creature. Soon the two are sharing everything from dinner to a dip in the tub together. It takes a Giant Baby Bear—sized sneeze to return the foundling to its home, catapulting the Very Small out of bed and into the welcoming embrace of its own family. Dunbar's gentle tale resonates with the grace and beauty of unselfish friendship. Gliori's beguiling illustrations are in complete harmony with the tale, shining with the tenderness of the story. Full-page, full-bleed watercolor illustrations are done in a blend of light and bold hues; soft pastels convey the snug warmth of the Bear household while richly colored earth tones dominate the forest scenes. Fetching drawings depict the Very Small as a diminutive, faerie-like creature while Baby Bear's stocky body is evocative of a large, ursine toddler. A delightfully whimsical and inviting tale that's perfect for cuddle time. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152023461
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/01/1900
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.88(w) x 11.63(h) x (d)
Age Range:
3 Years

Meet the Author

Joyce Dunbar has written more than fifty books for children. She lives in Norwich, England.

Debi Gliori is the creator of the Mr. Bear series, as well as the illustrator of many other beloved picture books. She lives outside of Edinburgh, Scotland.

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