A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Concept of size (big, little, and tiny) and of relative size. Concept of opposites.
Thinking about size and comparing relative sizes is fun and manageable. Some things are big and some things are little, and that's OK.
Positive Role Models
Big Bear and little bear are depicted in the art as loving. They could also be seen as persistent since they continue to look for their chairs.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Big Bear Little Chair, by Lizi Boyd, was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2015, and the art -- bold gouache pictures in black, white, gray, and splashes of red -- is indeed eye-catching and fun. This concept book introduces young kids to size by juxtaposing things that are big and little, with each page pairing and comparing things of different size -- for instance little butterfly/Big Rock and Big Moon/little star. With very little text, the fun is in the pictures.
Is It Any Good?
This New York Times Best Illustrated book is ideal for teaching young kids the concepts of big and little -- and just for having fun, too. Each page pairs something big with something little, and the juxtapositions are sometimes moodily cosmic (Big Moon/little star) and sometimes happily silly (little umbrella/Big Bird). Because there's very little text, kids can chime in and "read along" from the start.
Kids will enjoy the recurring bear characters who come back looking for the chairs that fit them, and all the characters return at the end for a curtain call ("tiny stories ... everywhere!"). The art, in black, white, gray, and red, is bold and preschool-friendly, and one additional appeal of the book is its unusual trim size. It's long, narrow, and fun to hold, reminding us that this is a story about size.
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