Happy Short Story Saturday!
There's nothing that makes us happier than getting wonderful picture books to share with all of you, and we have a great one this week!
There's No Such Thing as LIttle is a great story on what it means to think big and to also see the positive side of things. It's sure to be a winner with children and parents alike!
Hardcover, 48 pages
Expected publication: April 14th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
These things may seem little:
But what if that little fish was also brave? And that little idea was fantastic? And that little snowflake turned out to be unique in all the world?
Featuring die-cut holes in the spirit of Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s Lemons Are Not Red, There’s No Such Thing as Little is bright, warm, and endlessly inviting, and will encourage readers of all ages to think BIG about what “little” really means.
Such was the case with There's No Such Thing as Little, the latest offering from author/illustrator LeUyen Pham. Pham, a former animator with Dreamworks Animation, introduces us to a young child who cheerfully reminds us why there is no such thing as little in our day-to-day lives. Even when things may appear small or dimunitive initially, there's actually immense potential behind each of these little things and ideas, and they have the power to change the world around us.
E.g. A lit candle or "A little light", is tranformed mangificently on the next page, into a lighthouse that guides seafarers into a port. Similarly, an idea that starts off as tinker toys, becomes a fabulous ice cream machine on the next page.
In each case, it's the willingness to believe in that little object or little idea, that helps to transform a small object into a big thing. Pham's subtle but important themes, are highlighted by her digitally rendered drawings. There's a warmth and joy to her detailed illustrations, which will dazzle and inspire readers of all ages.
Bottom line: There's No Such Thing as Little shares two subtle but important lessons for burgeoning young readers: they should never understimate the potential of something that may appear small, and they should always remember to view things in a positive light (pun intended).
Things have a way of becoming magnified and magnificient, if readers remember that there's always a strength behind even the smallest-looking things. It's a wonderful mentality to keep in mind for young minds, and LeUyen's Pham's book is an asset to every shelf.
About the author:
LeUyen Pham is the bestselling illustrator of many books for children, including Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore, Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, and the Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look. Her own books include Big Sister, Little Sister and A Piece of Cake. She lives in San Francisco with her husband (who is also an artist) and her two adorable sons, who teach her every day that little is truly a state of mind.