Perfect Picture Book Friday! You Are NOT Small by Anna Kang

5 Dec

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I am a giant very tall (5’9″) and a classmate of mine is around 4 feet tall, and this book gets the debate about who is big and who is NOT small right!

yournotsmallYou Are NOT Small
By Anna Kang
Illustrations by Christopher Weyant
32 pages – ages 2+
Published by Two Lions on August 5, 2014

Theme/Topic- Differences/Perspective

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “You are small

Synopsis – From Goodreads: Two fuzzy creatures can’t agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!

Why I liked this book- This book not only has a great lesson about perspective and debate, is also hilarious! The story shows the reader there are many ways of looking at something. Just because something is small to you doesn’t mean it is small. It isn’t preachy at – all just fun! The story is completely dialogue, but still gives a full feeling, even with only around 90 words in the whole book! The illustrations are simple, but are great to look at (and the fuzzy bear-like creatures are really cute).



The story points out that we really have to think about how we see things (or people (or fuzzy bear things)). The ending is awesome because it involves getting a snack after settling an argument. 🙂 This is a great book!

Activities and Resources- 

I think a good activity for this book is to take a story and change the perspective. For example re-tell the 3 Little Pigs from the perspective of the pig building his house out of sticks. Maybe he had a bad back and couldn’t lift bricks, or he just couldn’t afford the bricks. 😉

Have your kids or students draw a picture of a tree (or whatever else in nature – it doesn’t really matter) as they see it and then how an ant would see it. Then ask how are the pictures different and how are they the same.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!




40 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! You Are NOT Small by Anna Kang”

  1. Patricia Tilton December 5, 2014 at 7:27 am #

    Taking a moment to walk in someone else’s shoes. It’s all about perspective and changing things up a bit. Sounds like an excellent and very funny book for kids! Great choice.


  2. Barbara December 5, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    What a cute book! I see a perspective art lesson in my future!


  3. Christie Allred December 5, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    Aw, this looks cute. I wonder, is it a board-book? Any hey, it’s snowing on your blog, isn’t it?


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2014 at 9:21 am #

      No, You Are (NOT) Small is a normal, hardcover book. And yes, it’s snowing on my blog. Now, if it would just snow for real where I live… 😉


  4. Andrea December 5, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    I like this book! It’s so good to stretch a child’s thinking by having them try to consider different perspectives.


  5. Darlene December 5, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    I love this book. I was always small for my age and it upset me a lot. I could have used this book as a child.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2014 at 9:29 am #

      It is a great book, Ms. Foster! You can still read it today (on the sunny banks of Spain)! 😀


  6. julie rowan zoch December 5, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    5’9″? Gah! In elementary scholl I was always one of the smallest, end-of-the-line kids! Hope my library gets this book – fast!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2014 at 9:36 am #

      I’m going to assume that you aren’t 5’7″ then, either? 🙂 This is a great book! 🙂


      • julie rowan zoch December 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

        Actually, yes, I am 5’7″ exactly! I was a late bloomer in height, and grew my last inch in my nineteenth year.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 11, 2014 at 7:16 am #

        For some reason, I was expecting you to say something like 4’6″. 😉 Well, I’m not that taller than you (right now) 😉

        Liked by 1 person

  7. rnewman504 December 5, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    Being a tad vertically challenged, this book really rings with me. It looks extremely cute. Will add it to the list. Great review!


  8. Jarm Del Boccio December 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    Sounds like a fun, clever read to me, Erik. Good choice. And I love your snowflakes!


  9. Joanna December 5, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    5’9!! This looks solo funny. I love those expressions.


  10. readingwithrhythm December 5, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    I like that ending the argument with a snack idea!! And your art ideas are quite clever as well!!!


  11. Angela Brown December 5, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    My daughter is one of the taller ones in her class so this sounds like a book she might like.


  12. Sue Heavenrichs December 5, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    small, tall… it’s all relative. What a fun way to show that.


  13. Diane Tulloch December 6, 2014 at 3:44 am #

    Interesting story. Have to look it up it sounds like fun. Great for Kids!


  14. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog December 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    This sounds like a great book and I love the theme you mentioned. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  15. LovableLobo December 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    I love this book for so many reasons. Size is relative. Thanks for sharing, SuperKid!


  16. writersideup December 6, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    I really love this book and especially the story behind it 🙂 There’s that great “full circle/twist” at the end, too! Great stuff, Erik 🙂


  17. Jilanne Hoffmann December 7, 2014 at 1:44 am #

    My just-turned-11-yr-old son, 5’2″ with no shoes on, is the tallest in his class. He has a “twin” friend who’s a girl who is 4′ tall at best. They were born on the same night and celebrate their birthdays together at school. It always involves snacking. 😀 I like how this book helps kids learn that their own perspective can be very different from other perspectives. Nice choice, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 8, 2014 at 9:57 am #

      Ha! That’s awesome! The 4′-something friend of mine is incredibly sensitive (in a tough-girl way (“What’re you lookin’ at?”)) about her height, and I don’t think my height helps. 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  18. KidLitReviews December 9, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Looks like my comment shot out into a black hole. I love this book and the ending is so terrific I laughed my happy laugh until my stomach hurt. Knew you would love this. Glad I didn’t give you the ending? 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 11, 2014 at 7:35 am #

      Apparently, they were spammed. I have no idea why. 😦 You aren’t that bad. 😉


  19. KidLitReviews December 9, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    Looks like nothing is posting from me. Not sure why. Maybe it is the community PC I must now use with my 2 laptops not working. I love the story and knew you would also love it. Glad I refused to give the ending away? 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 11, 2014 at 7:38 am #

      Whoa. BOTH computers aren’t working? That’s something. You should cut out their vacation times. 😉 Your review was great! 😀


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