Little Things

illus. by Kelly Pousette. 32p. Peter Pauper Pr. Jan. 2019. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781441328595.
PreS-Gr 1-Dyer's debut picture book conveys the message that little things matter. Addressing readers in the first person, the unnamed main character says that everything is important and paying attention to the little things can lead to making a big impact. The book is a thought piece on perspective and the ability to know the world and recognize opportunities to make a difference. At a time when people want to make a difference but may be overwhelmed, Dyer's book implores readers to stop and look at the little things, such as blueberries in their cereal and squirrels in the trees. The protagonist becomes more active in her environment. First, she observes, and then she becomes an increasingly active presence in her world, stepping into the role of a change maker. The illustrator uses shadowbox dioramas with watercolors, charcoal, and collage paper cuts to create scenes that encourage readers to shift perspectives in addition to the shifting perspectives of the art. Shadows and soft focus add to the impression that the world is familiar yet also holds unknown discoveries.
VERDICT A touching picture book to remind readers that perspective changes everything, and that one can make a difference through small gestures.-Eva Thaler-Sroussi, Wellesley Free Library, MA

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