A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this book is a poem about the simple things that make the little boy's world so precious. New parents, or grandparents, will love reading and reflecting on the loving lines as the sweet little boy tumbles playfully through its pages. Also, the father is the prominent parent here. He measures the boy, bakes cookies for him, and ties his shoes.
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What's the story?
Is it any good?
In a format similar to her last book, the bestseller Someday, Alison Mcghee joyfully celebrates a little boy, and his dad. With the same gentleness and in the same graceful, handwritten text, she follows the child through his day as he runs exuberantly through life in his shorts and striped t-shirt, sometimes donning a red superman cap, at other times a space helmet made of an upside-down bowl. A yellow cup and a big cardboard box keep resurfacing as the games change in this world that is full of imagination and simple things.
The father also resurfaces now and then, smiling as he measures the boy or pulls the cookies out of the oven that he and his son have baked. The message is subtle, but heartwarming and solid, and it's repeated in a line that threads throughout the book. So much in life depends on the everyday moments, on the things that seem small and quiet and playful. Kids need time to become themselves, and parents need time to enjoy it all. And everyone could use a big cardboard box!
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about all the things the little boy loves: his yellow cup, animal crackers, and his starship pajamas. And what about the big cardboard box? Have you ever played with a big box? What did you pretend it was? What does it mean when the author says, "Little Boy, so much depends on" these things?