by Coleen Murtagh Paratore, Clare Fennel, Mayer Jim

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BIG goes beyond the basics to show that size is more than a matter of height. Touching on ideas such as health, citizenship, and imagination, this book can be the key to heartfelt dialogue between children and caregivers about the importance of values over valuables.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619890718
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/02/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
File size: 9 MB
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Coleen Murtagh Paratore is a native of Troy, New York, where she set the latest installment of her popular middle-grade book series about Willa Havisham, a wedding planner's daughter. Coleen's fascination with words has taken her from first place in a grammar-school poetry contest to a Master's Degree in English from Trinity College. Coleen is also the author of the Little Pickle Press books Big and Fireflies. Learn more about Coleen at
Having left her unversity with an illustration degree, and after fifteen years as a designer and studio manager in the UK greeting card industry, Clare, a mum to Ella (age ten) and Hope (seven), took the plunge and decided to follow her life-long dream to illustrate children's books. So having quit her job, Clare ousted her hubby from his beloved study, set deep in the English countryside, and promptly converted it to a rather messy studio filled with children's picture books, cats, cushions, pencils, and paint. Clare set to work carving out her new career as a children's book illustrator! Some two short years later, Clare is joyfully collaging the contents of her imagination into the pages of children's books, and loving every moment of it.

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"Each and every year, every person
on the planet gets 365 presents.
365 brand New days.
And every day,
in countless ways,
we can choose to be little—
or we can choose to be BIG."

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Big 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
BIG is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
BIG! What makes us BIG?  It is not just how tall we are.   Mastering a new grade level.  That is BIG!  I would say President Obama is BIG.  Being a President is a BIG accomplishment.   You can be BIG in your community.  Being BIG enough to set a good example for your younger siblings. This would be a BIG responsibility.   Maybe you are BIG enough to get on your bike without training wheels.  That is also a BIG accomplishment! How will you know when you are BIG? When you succeed at what you are trying to accomplish. I really liked the lesson the author teaches in this story.   I think it will make a BIG impression on children of all ages. Probably some grownups too.    It will be fun to see how many times in a day we can succeed in someway BIG.   This story teaches responsibility, to set goals for oneself and to be a good (BIG) citizen.   The illustrator depicts the story with characters and other images that tells the story in a BIG way.  The illustrations are in BIG bold colors that will peak the child's imagination.    BIG! BIG! FUN! I highly recommend this book. Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book for from Little Pickle Press for review.   I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my honest opinion.
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Cute story with a good message for kids.