I’m Not Small

Greenwillow. Mar. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780063058262.
PreS-Gr 2–Asa, with brown skin and coppery hair, is a big kid now—he’s going outside to play by himself for the first time. Only, everything outside is so big! The trees, the sky, and the backyard itself make him feel so very small. In time, Asa discovers that he is indeed bigger than a lot of things, including a rabbit, a dog, a bee, and even an ant. His quiet contemplation of all things in nature is both soothing and inspiring; Asa’s wide brown eyes capture the beauty of the backyard world, both large and small. Crews’s textured and collaged illustrations create a sense of nostalgia and whimsy, especially at the end when we can all relate as Asa remembers he enjoys being a little kid again.
VERDICT This is a nice addition to story hours about relativity, size comparisons, and schoolyard science lessons.–

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