You Are (Not) Small
by Anna Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant
Two Lions, 2014
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner
It’s a concept book, a bully book, and a laugh-out-loud funny book all rolled into one. It’s a book for every toddler’s library.
A big bear tells a small bear that he is small, insinuating that being small is a bad thing. But the small bear tells the big bear, “I am not small. You are big!” The two argue to the extreme about who is what until a huge foot stomps between them and a tiny bear floats down. They learn another is smaller and another is bigger and decide it really doesn’t matter and walk away. Until the tiny bear makes an observation about the huge one.
It’s easy to see why this book won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award!
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First the Egg
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2007
Caldecott Honor Book
In big, soothing colors, author/illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger introduces the youngest reader/listeners to the concepts of ‘first’ and ‘then’. She begins, of course, with “First the egg, then the chicken”. And she adds an extra fascination for toddlers and carves out an egg-shaped hole, connecting the egg with the chicken. She repeats the idea with “First the tadpole (with a cut out of a green tadpole), then the frog.” Young readers are introduced to seeds and flowers, caterpillars and butterflies and even words and stories. Award-winning author/illustrator’s ending brings the story back around to the egg; a subtle reference to which comes first, a chicken or an egg. Very clever concept book on “first” and “then”, and a comforting book to read.
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