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The Biggest Thing in the World    by Kenneth Steven & Melanie Mitchell order for
Biggest Thing in the World
by Kenneth Steven
Order:  USA  Can
Lion Books, 2011 (2010)
Hardcover, Softcover, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

When Little Snow Bear ventures away from the family den with his mother he encounters a whole new world. Everything he encounters seems to be immense. When Little Snow Bear and his mother discover a musk ox, the cub asks, 'Is that the biggest thing in the world?' And, his mother shakes her head.

As the day progresses and they see a herd of reindeer, huge rivers with salmon splashing upstream, a tall mountain, and other natural wonders, Little Snow Bear keeps wondering if all these sights are of the biggest things in the world. His mother's answer is always the same, 'No, they aren't!'

Finally, when they gaze up into the night sky the little bear is convinced that nothing can be as big as this vast canopy of stars over their heads, but again his mother shakes her head.

A double page fold out then holds the secret as to what is 'the biggest thing in the little bear's world'. You'll see what this is when you reach this point in the picture book. Children will love what they discover although their parents won't be surprised by what the Little Snow Bear's mother tells him.

Excellent illustrations coupled with a reassuring narrative about the power of family ties and a parent's affection will make this picture book one that youngsters will want to hear again and again at story time.

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