Big and Small and In-Between (Hardcover)
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You Are (Not) Small meets The Quiet Book in this beautiful compilation of all the little things that make up our big world.
This wide, wonderful world contains many things. Some things are as big as a family of bears; some are as small as a reflection in a puddle. Some things are felt rather than seen.
In between it all is . . . you. What kinds of things will you collect?
This lovely, lyrical book collects the world by size. Divided into three chapters with three specially paper-engineered separations, every page encapsulates one precious moment that perfectly represents both a size and an experience. Beloved author Carter Higgins's poignant, poetic text and Daniel Miyares's incandescent illustrations capture a whole new way of seeing the world in this beautiful, giftable meditation on what it means to be a kid-and what it means to be a human.
A GIFT FOR ALL: This book expresses a genuine love for the world in a sincere, observant way. The author's imagination and the illustrator's keen eyes make it a perfect choice for anyone seeking a gorgeous gift that celebrates the wonder of our world, whether between parents and kids, between grandparents and grandchildren, or even between friends.
SPECIAL CONCEPT: Every child learns about size, usually through nonfiction. This book makes the concept of size personal and emotional, something that changes how you feel in any given situation.
CLASSIC LITERATURE: Fans of A Hole is to Dig or A Tree is Nice will recognize the inspiration of classic literature and the timeless quality of this special text.
THOUGHT-PROVOKING IDEA: This book will change the way every kid encounters the world. Is their room smaller than their parents' or bigger than a mouse's? Is a rock a big hill for an ant or a small pebble for a bear? The mix of poetic and practical in this text makes every life experience worth investigating both from far away and with a microscope.
BELOVED AUTHOR: Carter Higgins is the author of many favorite books for kids, including the bestseller Everything You Need for a Treehouse, illustrated by Emily Hughes; Circle Under Berry, which she illustrated herself; and Audrey L and Audrey W, a chapter book series.
• Fans of Ruth Krauss
• Fans of Margaret Wise Brown
• Fans of classic children's literature
• Educators looking for a new way to teach the concept of size
• Parents and grandparents
About the Author
Carter Higgins is the author of many books for kids and the illustrator of one! She is an Emmy-winning visual effects and motion graphics artist and spent a decade as an elementary school librarian. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @carterhiggins. She lives in Las Vegas.
Daniel Miyares is a critically acclaimed picture book author and illustrator. His books include Float, Night Out, That is My Dream!, and Bring Me A Rock! He believes that our stories have the power to connect us all. Daniel's story currently takes place in Lenexa, Kansas, with his wife, their two wonderful children, and a dog named Violet who gives them all a run for their money.
“[V]isually stunning and emotionally rich. . . . [Big and Small and In-Between] is designed to inspire conversation and reflection about what is depicted on each page. Expressive illustrations in deep colors and intriguing textures elegantly unite with the words to create a thought-provoking and emotional new whole. This lovely story stands out from others in the genre as it will connect with readers of all ages while encouraging discussion of life’s myriad moments-both great and small.”-School Library Journal, starred review
“BIG AND SMALL AND IN-BETWEEN, by Carter Higgins. Illustrated by Daniel Miyares. (Chronicle, $18.99, ages 3 to 5.) Size is all about perspective in this profoundly moving, charmingly crafted picture book. And it changes: As the witty paper constructions that start each section open out and fold back in, so do our minds and hearts.”-The New York Times
“In a conceptual work of categorization, Higgins (Circle Under Berry) writes short, fanciful, often funny observations, sorted into the divisions of the title . . . Art by Miyares (Hope at Sea), often shadowed in pencil gray, creates a quiet, reflective feeling . . . Each section heading features a piece of paper engineering-each an elegant, interactive creation-and the book ends with a dramatic gatefold. These and the book’s luxurious length make it an abstract journey with many turns and surprises.”-Publishers Weekly
“Written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Daniel Miyares, this compact and thoughtful picture book roams in a speculative way through a child’s awareness of size and perspective. The text mingles humor with lyricism and evokes childhood without ever seeming childish. The accompanying pictures do the same sort of tone-shifting, moving from the puckish. . .to the fantastical. . .to the tenderly quotidian.” -The Wall Street Journal