Great Big Things
Great Big Things

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Annotation: The quiet heroism of a mouse who embarks on an arduous journey to bring another mouse the smallest of gifts serves as a reminder that it's not our size, but what we're doing in the world, that makes us small or big.
Catalog Number: #150353
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Klocek, Noah,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-544-77477-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99607-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-544-77477-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99607-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2016014698
Dimensions: 23 x 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
A mouse is a small thing. Compared to something like a whale or a mountain, a mouse could be considered insignificant. The mouse in this book, however, is undaunted and carries a single crumb through "great big things," such as canyons, deserts, forests, and the ocean and ice, wind, and storms. Snippets of a map are interspersed with the large-scale graphite and digital-media illustrations to demonstrate that the mouse is traveling to a specific location. Shifting visual perspectives show the mouse as diminutive in the grand settings or move to extreme close-ups to make the mouse look huge. The journey ends with the mouse finding another mouse, and smissing the difficult circumstances as "small things" e central theme is made clear: "It's a great big thing to love someone." Children may need guidance to see the book as an allegory, and literal-minded readers may wonder that there were no crumbs available closer to the second mouse. The message about devotion and perseverance, however, is a "great big thing" and will provide an effective basis for further discussion.
Horn Book
A spare poetic text ruminates on perspective. A little mouse carries a single crumb across "great big things," including canyons, mountains, and oceans. When the mouse reaches journey's end, the dramatic illustrations zoom in to emphasize the traveler's heartfelt gesture of delivering the crumb to a friend. "Great big things" become "small things" in comparison. Budding philosophers are the best audience for this subtle meditation.
Kirkus Reviews
The huge world can be overwhelming to a tiny mouse unless it is determined to fulfill a quest. Readers have no idea what that quest is until the very end as they follow the mouse through vast global locations, sometimes not seeing it at all, sometimes catching a glimpse in a corner or among rocks or in the sea, or on an old-style steam locomotive, or perhaps on a jet flying overhead, and always carrying and carefully protecting a large crumb. Under star-filled night skies, through sunrises and sunsets, the mouse travels over all manner of Earth's landforms and waters. Klocek's graphite-and-digital illustrations are stunning in their scope and visual impact. Double-page spreads of deep canyons, endless deserts, rivers and waterfalls, forests and oceans, and ice fields beautifully capture the mouse's challenging journey. A few, very faint, vaguely drawn map details with a red line indicating the mouse's progress occasionally appear; as there is not always enough detail to read them, readers may find them more distracting than illuminating. Single lines of large-print text name the sights, moving the brave mouse to its destination with a breathless and greatly admiring and encouraging tone. But those big things seem small because it's all about the love and commitment that make the dangers and difficulties worthwhile. A gentle, sweet read-aloud that will need grown-ups to help very young readers grasp the philosophical concepts. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

Chronicling the quiet heroism of one small mouse on an arduous journey to bring another mouse the smallest of gifts, this sweet, poetic story reminds readers that it's not their size but their actions that make them small or big. Full color.

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