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Small    by Jessica Meserve order for
by Jessica Meserve
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Andersen, 2007 (2006)
Hardcover, Softcover
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This delightful story of two sisters, Small and Big, opens 'Small had a problem. She was stuck in Big's shadow.' (The illustration that accompanies this text, and subsequent ones, show an incredibly cute little girl engulfed in her sibling's huge shadow.) Whatever Small does, Big does better - Big even gets the best presents! And scares her small sister.

Then one day, Big goes too far and makes Small so angry that she does 'something very mean'. Can you guess how that makes Small feel? She feels '... even smaller' and leaves home. Small's lonely until she comes upon Big and discovers there's something she can do that Big can't. Guess what? 'Small felt BIG ... And best of all, / Small was no longer stuck in Big's shadow.'

Jessica Meserve illustrates this sweet story in green, rural surroundings with flowers everywhere. Sisters - both younger and elder - will enjoy Small and perhaps learn from it to appreciate better each other's perspective on life. They might also discover that being Small or Big has little to do with size.

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