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You're Too Small!

You're Too Small!

by Shen Roddie

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
All the animals in the barnyard tell Tad the mouse that he's too small to help with chores. Rabbit goes one step further and informs him that he's even too small to play. "You'll get blown away," says Rabbit when Tad asks if he can help fly a kite. But when the animals find themselves locked out of their barn at dinnertime, Tad comes to the rescue. "I don't have to be big to help," he declares, and he slips through a crack to unlock the door for his friends-but not before he helps himself to the biggest piece of pie as they enviously watch through the window. This plot has "chestnut" written all over it, but most youngsters are quick to welcome a tale about someone little proving the big guys wrong, and Roddie's (The Gossipy Parrot) lively but concise prose reaps the narrative's power without relying on bells and whistles. In his expansive watercolors, Lavis (the Cock-a-Doodle Doo board books) works in warm oranges and reds, employing a generous sense of scale to draw readers into the action. And even very young children will note the distinct similarity between the polite-but-distracted countenances of all the big animals and that of their own harried parents. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Tad the mouse is too tiny to help with anything. He can't push a wheelbarrow full of watermelons for Pig, stack hay with Goat, paint a wall with Cow, or sit on Goose's eggs. However, when the animals are locked out of the barn and dinner's waiting inside, the mouse is just the right size to crawl through a crack in the wall and let everyone else in. His friends rejoice and Tad answers them with a loud "BURP" as he finishes a piece of the biggest pie. The bright watercolor paintings reflect the size difference between the mouse and the other creatures. In one picture, Tad is shown as being much larger than a ladybug, a bee, and a snail, effectively demonstrating that he is not the smallest creature in the world even though he may feel like he is. Children will enjoy the humor in the illustration of Tad trying to sit on Goose's eggs. Readers who have often been told that they are too small to do something will relish the fact that this creature is able to save the day. Suggest this book for one-on-one sharing or pair it with Tana Hoban's Is It Larger? Is It Smaller? (HarperTrophy, 1997) or Steve Jenkins's Big & Little (Houghton, 1996) for a storytime exploring the concept of size.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Tad, a mouse, wants to help the other animals on the farm. Each time he offers, though, he's told he's too small. Only slightly discouraged, he decides to try again tomorrow when maybe he'll be bigger. He arrives home to find all his friends locked out and hungry. Only a small mouse can squeeze through a crack to let them in. It's certainly not nice of him to eat part of a pie while his friends watch hungrily through the window, but he does let them in to share the rest of the pies. Roddie's story is one everyone has heard before, but Lavis's sweet, pudgy critters in oversized watercolor illustrations would win anyone over. Nothing new, but not bad. (Picture book. 2-7)

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ME Media, LLC
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Product dimensions:
10.42(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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