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So Big!



written and illustrated by
Mike Wohnoutka

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
Imprint
Bloomsbury USA
ISBN
9781547600793

Awards and Honors
Kirkus Best Books - 2019
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This little bear is SO BIG! He can get dressed, make cereal for breakfast, and pack his backpack—all by himself. In fact, he’s so big that he’s ready for his first day of school! But the school bus is also so BIG. And the school is even BIGGER! Maybe it’s even TOO big! Just when it all feels like too much, this little bear meets a new friend and together they find courage big enough to push past their fear.

Perfect for the youngest readers ready to start school, this sweet story shows that even when big worries make you feel very small, a friend can help things feel just right.

Full-color gouache illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

10 2/3" x 9 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2019

Book Genres


Topics

First day of school. Schools. Fear. Friendship. Bears.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Parents delight in asking their little ones, “How big is baby?” followed by “Sooooo big” as babies and toddlers throw their hands in the air in glorious response. This simple yet thought-provoking picture book takes the famous “So Big” and brings it to a new level. Bear is happy to be “so big,” as he wakes up one morning and his calendar reminds him that it is the first day of school. He is so happy as he gets ready and makes it to the bus stop on his own. It isn’t until the bus shows up that “so big” begins to take on a new meaning to bear. Everything seems “so big,” and that’s just too big for him to handle. It isn’t until he meets his new friend Squirrel and they conquer their fears together that “so big” becomes just right. This book has very few words and much of it is just repeating “so big” in different contexts. The illustrations take readers on the adventure and allow for extrapolation of details and conversations between parent and child. A soft color palette of lifelike illustrations allows for the emotions of the characters to be felt by readers. Even “big boys and girls” are allowed to feel nervous sometimes; most children can relate to the first day of school jitters. Recommended for general purchase for a public library’s picture book collection as this would be a perfect read for a new kindergartner.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Parents delight in asking their little ones, “How big is baby?” followed by “Sooooo big” as babies and toddlers throw their hands in the air in glorious response. This simple yet thought-provoking picture book takes the famous “So Big” and brings it to a new level. Bear is happy to be “so big,” as he wakes up one morning and his calendar reminds him that it is the first day of school. He is so happy as he gets ready and makes it to the bus stop on his own. It isn’t until the bus shows up that “so big” begins to take on a new meaning to bear. Everything seems “so big,” and that’s just too big for him to handle. It isn’t until he meets his new friend Squirrel and they conquer their fears together that “so big” becomes just right. This book has very few words and much of it is just repeating “so big” in different contexts. The illustrations take readers on the adventure and allow for extrapolation of details and conversations between parent and child. A soft color palette of lifelike illustrations allows for the emotions of the characters to be felt by readers. Even “big boys and girls” are allowed to feel nervous sometimes; most children can relate to the first day of school jitters. Recommended for general purchase for a public library’s picture book collection as this would be a perfect read for a new kindergartner.

ages 2-5
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Interests
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