FICTION

Little Juniper Makes It BIG

Farrar. Jul. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780374310455.
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PreS-Gr 1–Juniper, a young raccoon, is little—too little—in her opinion. Her house is too large, sinks and doorknobs are too far from reach, and, despite her best inventions using stilts, catapults, and even balloons, her efforts always seem to fall short. But Juniper’s newest classmate, Clove, a tiny squirrel, offers a new perspective. Clove doesn’t let being small stop her—in fact, she embraces it. Juniper decides that “some un-smallness lessons were just what she needed.” When she visits Clove’s house, Juniper excitedly finds that she’s adult-size but realizes quickly that not everything is as perfect as it seems. This sweet look at how a change in perspective can alter one’s own reality offers a comforting, inspiring message. Cassie’s expressive illustrations complement the narrative, offering youngsters silly scenes and adorable details to unpack.
VERDICT Pair with Marianna Coppo’s Petra or Qin Leng’s I Am Small for a storytime focused on self-acceptance.

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