Sunday, September 16, 2018

I Am Small by Qin Leng

What Is Your Perspective? 

#NetGalley #IAmSmall Available October 2, 2018

What child, or for that matter adult, hasn't occasionally felt a bit different? In I Am Small Mimi feels everyone is taller than her, she even wonders if she should have been named Mini instead of Mimi.

Throughout the first of the book, Mimi shows the reader just how small she is in comparison to others. She shares that her feet barely reach the edge of the seat on the school bus, peeking in the display case to choose a yummy dessert is fairly hard when you're short, the blackboard at school is too high, and the catch of the day at the fish market could probably swallow her in one gulp.

Even though her friends try to convince her that there are advantages to being short, Mimi isn't buying it.
"But they just don't get it! I'm frustrated because they can do a lot of stuff that I can't, because I'm so small. Isn't it obvious?"
But one day as she walks home from school with her dad he announces that there's a surprise waiting for her at home. What kid isn't delighted with that special word? Her imagination runs wild. A swimming pool? A hot-air balloon? Maybe even the biggest piece of cake in the world is waiting for her?

Let me give you a hint. The surprise is even smaller than Mimi.
A rewarding ending that can easily lead to discussions.

My Thoughts:

What Concerned Me: Nothing

What I Liked Most: The pen, ink, and watercolor drawings are a nice addition to this sweet story with a gentle message.

Author/Illustrator: Qin Leng
Publisher: Kid Can Press (October 2, 2018)
Approx. Word Count: 562
Ages: 3 - 7
Pages: 40

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