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You're too small
Roddie, Shen.
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Wilton, Conn. : Tiger Tales, 2004.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Tad the mouse is discouraged when his friends say he is too small, but he proves to them that he is just right.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 76481.
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Tad is a little mouse with a big heart. He wants to help Pig with the watermelons, but Pig tells him heand's too small. Tad asks Goat if he can help stack hay. Goat also tells him heand's too small. Even when Tad tries to play with Rabbit, Rabbit tells him heand's too small to fly a kite. Tad doesnand't think heand's too small. But he thinks that maybe heand'll be bigger tomorrow, so Tad decides to go back to the barn and go to bed early. When he gets to the barn, though, he sees the animals are in some kind of trouble. Theyand're locked out, and only Tad is small enough to sneak inside! Being small isnand't so bad after all. See all Editorial Reviews

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Publisher's Weekly Review

All the animals in the barnyard tell Tad the mouse that he's too small to help with chores. Rabbit goes one step further and informs him that he's even too small to play. "You'll get blown away," says Rabbit when Tad asks if he can help fly a kite. But when the animals find themselves locked out of their barn at dinnertime, Tad comes to the rescue. "I don't have to be big to help," he declares, and he slips through a crack to unlock the door for his friends-but not before he helps himself to the biggest piece of pie as they enviously watch through the window. This plot has "chestnut" written all over it, but most youngsters are quick to welcome a tale about someone little proving the big guys wrong, and Roddie's (The Gossipy Parrot) lively but concise prose reaps the narrative's power without relying on bells and whistles. In his expansive watercolors, Lavis (the Cock-a-Doodle Doo board books) works in warm oranges and reds, employing a generous sense of scale to draw readers into the action. And even very young children will note the distinct similarity between the polite-but-distracted countenances of all the big animals and that of their own harried parents. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Tad the mouse is too tiny to help with anything. He can't push a wheelbarrow full of watermelons for Pig, stack hay with Goat, paint a wall with Cow, or sit on Goose's eggs. However, when the animals are locked out of the barn and dinner's waiting inside, the mouse is just the right size to crawl through a crack in the wall and let everyone else in. His friends rejoice and Tad answers them with a loud "BURP" as he finishes a piece of the biggest pie. The bright watercolor paintings reflect the size difference between the mouse and the other creatures. In one picture, Tad is shown as being much larger than a ladybug, a bee, and a snail, effectively demonstrating that he is not the smallest creature in the world even though he may feel like he is. Children will enjoy the humor in the illustration of Tad trying to sit on Goose's eggs. Readers who have often been told that they are too small to do something will relish the fact that this creature is able to save the day. Suggest this book for one-on-one sharing or pair it with Tana Hoban's Is It Larger? Is It Smaller? (HarperTrophy, 1997) or Steve Jenkins's Big & Little (Houghton, 1996) for a storytime exploring the concept of size.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.