Parents' Guide to

Big Bear Little Chair

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Kids easily grasp opposites through bold, stylized art.

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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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