Are you looking for brand new children’s books about big and small? Bonnie Grubman’s Just The Right Size is the perfect 2018 animal picture book. With characters that you just want to cuddle right off of the pages, learn Goldilocks-style what is big enough, small enough, and just right.Bonnie Grubman's Just The Right Size is the perfect 2018 animal picture book. With characters that you just want to cuddle right off of the pages, learn Goldilocks-style what is big enough, small enough, and just right. Click To Tweet
Book Review Of Just The Right Size by Bonnie Grubman
Illustrated with beautiful pastel watercolors and colored-pencils, Diederen captures the playfulness of this brand new concept book. Beginning with a ladybug that is just small enough to land on a tree branch, young readers learn that while a giraffe cannot accomplish a similar feat, a giraffe can naturally reach the treetops. Kittens sleep in flowerbeds as elephants cover their young from the rain. Mice can hide anywhere while giant moose are the perfect size to romp in the snow. Dolphins may not be able to gently glide through the seaweed like a goldfish, but such large mammals can take you for a swim. In the end, no matter how big or small you are, everyone is always the right size for a hug. Cue the audible, “Awwwwww.”
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Written for pre-k to second grade, Just The Right Size teaches children about size, specifically opposites of big versus small. Readers also learn more about animals and their natural habitats, capabilities, and lifestyles. With adorable illustrations and well-spaced text, this is the perfect beginner reader picture book. Notable is the repetitive concepts and bold letters for ‘big enough’ and ‘small enough.’
My one qualm with this story is the opposing concept, “A beaver is not; A mother elephant is not; etc.,” meaning they are not the right size. The English major in me prefers a complete sentence. The text should read: The beaver is not small enough. A mother elephant is not small enough. Ending a fragment and incomplete thought with a period makes this uncorked writer cringe. Please, please, please, lets not teach poor grammar to children from the start.
I can, however, let this small fault slide into the abyss of sheer cuteness. I could look at those elephants and the hedgehog all day. The multicultural family at the end is intuitive and appreciated, too.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Clavis for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Just The Right Size written by Bonnie Grubman and illustrated by Suzanne Diederen (Clavis 2018)
Read more about the author, Bonnie Grubman, here.
Age Level: Pre-K to Second Grade
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