I'm Not Small Board Book

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Greenwillow Books
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6.79 X 7.38 X 0.71 inches | 0.74 pounds
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About the Author
Author and illustrator, Nina Crews uses collage to create distinctive picture books. Her first book, One Hot Summer Day, was published in 1995 and is still in print today. Her titles include A Girl Like Me, Seeing Into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright, The Neighborhood Mother Goose, and Below. Her work has been selected by ALA's Notable committee, the Junior Library Guild, NCTE, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, Bank Street College of Education, and others. She is the daughter of children's book authors and illustrators Donald Crews and Ann Jonas. Nina lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son.

"A child greets the day with excitement, eager to go play outside. . . . But once out the door, the youngster feels--and looks, in the vast illustration featuring tall trees and open skies--very small. . . . Subsequent encounters with diminutive creatures (cat, bunny, birds, insects) remind the child that big and small are relative; that it's possible to be both at once; and, in a warmhearted twist ending, that each has its own merits. . . . Completely relatable for all viewers, big or small." -- Horn Book (starred review)

"Charming . . . Encouraged by his clearly loving parents, who proclaim him a big kid, [a young boy] goes out to the yard on his own. At first, he feels small compared to the sky, the trees, and the backyard. Then, he finds that he is bigger than many things: his dog and cat, his rabbit, a scary bee . . . When he is lifted inside by his mother, the narrator is happy to still be small. . . . Crews captures the joy of early childhood exploration in a book that adults and children can both enjoy." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Asa . . . is a big kid now--he's going outside to play by himself for the first time. Only, everything outside is so big! . . . His quiet contemplation of all things in nature is both soothing and inspiring . . . Crews's textured and collaged illustrations create a sense of nostalgia and whimsy, especially at the end when we can all relate as Asa remembers he enjoys being a little kid again. This is a nice addition to story hours about relativity, size comparisons, and schoolyard science lessons." -- School Library Journal

"[A] child encounters his family's backyard alone in this experiential exploration of relative size. . . . Despite his newfound autonomy, though, he quickly notices that his stature is small . . . A second turnabout occurs on subsequent pages, which show the child's comparative size against the family's pets--a dog, cat, and rabbit--and diminutive birds and insects . . . Crews renders her story of a kid finding his place in a variably sized world through vividly sketched, textural digital collage whose lens zooms in and out to portray moments of adventure, exploration, and safety in the wide world." -- Publishers Weekly