Making comparisons is one of the basic ways in which all of us — in particular, children — learn to make sense of the world. Which also explains the proliferation of picture books on opposites.
Making comparisons can be tricky, since it depends on who or what you are comparing. In this book, two fuzzy creatures can’t agree on whether one is big or the other is small, until some unexpected visitors (literally) drop in to offer them a fresh perspective.
As we have seen in his first book Hug, featured previously, Jez Alborough excels at telling stories with minimal words — just five different words this time, to be exact. And once you look at his beautifully expressive illustrations, you will understand why: his drawings already say so much that there’s really no need for words — well OK, just one per page.
In Tall, Bobo the monkey returns, and this time, instead of looking for a hug, he’s now trying his best to be, well, tall.
Children are innately curious about everything — hence their never-ending questions for us. Some questions are easier than others to answer, though — for example, anything factual and *ahem* Googleable — while others are more open-ended and tricky. Lucky for us, then, that talented writers and illustrators exist to make our lives a little easier, by doing a lot of the hard thinking and research on our behalf, and then presenting the relevant information to kids in a neat, easy-to-understand yet old-fashioned way, i.e. in printed books.
I Am Small is a simple but sweet story about a cute baby penguin feeling small in the world, but knowing that he is loved (“the biggest thing to you is me!”). The book is also gorgeous to look at with sparkly, silvery foil details on the pages for added interest.
Curious George: Bigger and Smaller is a great book that helps toddlers learn about making comparisons in size, with clever fold-out pages that clearly and progressively illustrate the use of superlatives e.g comparing something that is “high” vs. something that is considered to be “higher”, and finally, what it means for something to be considered the “highest”.