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Title:
Am I big or little?
Author:
Bridges, Margaret Park.
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Publication Information:
New York : SeaStar Books/North-South Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
A mother provides examples of how her toddler is both big and little, including little enough to ride through the park in a stroller but big enough to make the pigeons fly away.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 44399.
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ISBN:
9781587170195

9781587170201
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Book

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A mother provides examples of how her toddler is both big and little, including little enough to ride through the park in a stroller but big enough to make the pigeons fly away.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. In the same vein as Guess How Much I Love You (1995), this picture book shows readers a loving parent-child relationship. A mother wakes her child saying it's time for big kids to get out of bed. The child asks, "Mommy, am I little or am I big?" Mom answers, "You're both, sweet pea." But the little girl wants to know how she can be big and little at the same time. Told entirely in dialogue, the story alternates Mother saying, "You're little enough to . . ." and the daughter responding with "But I'm big enough to . . ." The examples that the mother and daughter come up with cover manners and imagination and emotions. Dockray's watercolor and pencil illustrations (with plenty of white space) are nostalgic, projecting a comfortable Leave It to Beaver world. The book reveals a special, private game and exudes a gentle, playful love. --Kathy Broderick


Publisher's Weekly Review

The title question so intrigues a spunky redheaded girl that she engages in a daylong dialectic with her bemused mother. "You're littler than I am," explains her mother as she helps the girl get dressed. "But I'm bigger than Kitty," counters the girl, giving the dubious-looking cat an enthusiastic squeeze. At the park, Mom points out that her daughter is little enough to ride in a stroller but the girl points out, "I'm big enough to make the pigeons fly away!" While Bridges's (If I Were Your Father; If I Were Your Mother) back-and-forthing certainly has its basis in reality, as a narrative conceit it gets a bit wearing, and the book feels padded in spots. Dockray's sunny watercolor and pencil drawings, framed with liberal white space, never flag in their energy and warmth. The vivacious heroine, with her 200-watt grin, is appealing from head to toe, and authentically inexhaustible. Ages 3-7. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-A ginger-haired child spends the course of a day exploring the concept of her size in relation to the rest of the world. The conversation launches with the early morning question, "Mommy, am I little or am I big?" The answer is, "You're both, sweet pea." A series of patterned text follows: "You're little enough to crawl under your bed." "But I'm big enough to reach out and tickle you!" While this rapid switching from a child's to an adult's voice might be confusing to some young listeners and may indeed be a bit tedious to those older than three, Dockray's watercolor illustrations add some zest to the presentation. Their depiction of a very active preschooler, her patient kitty, and her woebegone, but obviously beloved panda will appeal to the storytime crowd; however, the intimate tone of the text makes this a more likely selection for one-on-one sharing.-Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.