The Big Book of Little: A Classic Illustrated Edition
Chronicle, 2006 (2006)
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Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
he Big Book of Little
is a wonderful concept for a children's book. One of the goals of a children's author is to relate to kids, and what better way to relate than to focus on things and people that are small. In this collection, sometimes there are lessons to be learned, and sometimes, the stories are just for fun.
or example, this compendium contains the original Hans Christian Andersen version of
The Little Mermaid
(not the Disney version);
Little Bo Peep
Little Red Riding Hood
Little Boy Blue
Wee Willie Winkie
I'm a Little Teapot
Little Miss Muffet
, to name but a few. There are also excerpts from larger works, such as
Little House on the Prairie
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
any of the selections will be familiar to most readers: indeed, all are classics, though there are some poems and stories that I had not seen before. The illustrations that accompany these nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and other stories are simply beautiful and charming.
he acknowledgments section at the end of the book credits the illustrators, and some date back to the late 19th century and the early part of the 20th century, accounting for the old-fashioned feel. This one hundred twenty-one page volume is perfect for collectors, and would make a great addition to bedtime reading.
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