So Big!

Bloomsbury. Jul. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781547600793.
PreS-K–Parents delight in asking their little ones, “How big is baby?” followed by “Sooooo big” as babies and toddlers throw their hands in the air in glorious response. This simple yet thought-provoking picture book takes the famous “So Big” and brings it to a new level. Bear is happy to be “so big,” as he wakes up one morning and his calendar reminds him that it is the first day of school. He is so happy as he gets ready and makes it to the bus stop on his own. It isn’t until the bus shows up that “so big” begins to take on a new meaning to bear. Everything seems “so big,” and that’s just too big for him to handle. It isn’t until he meets his new friend Squirrel and they conquer their fears together that “so big” becomes just right. This book has very few words and much of it is just repeating “so big” in different contexts. The illustrations take readers on the adventure and allow for extrapolation of details and conversations between parent and child. A soft color palette of lifelike illustrations allows for the emotions of the characters to be felt by readers.
VERDICT Even “big boys and girls” are allowed to feel nervous sometimes; most children can relate to the first day of school jitters. Recommended for general purchase for a public library’s picture book collection as this would be a perfect read for a new kindergartner

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