THE VERY SMALL by Joyce Dunbar

THE VERY SMALL

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

A tiny, fey woodland creature and an oversized baby bear form an unlikely friendship in this bewitching tale. Dunbar crafts a tale about the magic of friendship and the generosity of spirit it inspires. Giant Baby Bear discovers a very young, lost little creature in the woods and dubs him “the Very Small.” In an effort to soothe his apprehensive companion, Giant Baby Bear takes it home. However, the comforts of Baby Bear’s home prove dubious to the Very Small, who is alarmed by Mommy Bear’s oversized teeth and Daddy Bear’s huge face. Baby Bear willingly offers to share all that he has with the Very Small and even creates a miniature play area to entertain the tiny creature. Soon the two are sharing everything from dinner to a dip in the tub together. It takes a Giant Baby Bear–sized sneeze to return the foundling to its home, catapulting the Very Small out of bed and into the welcoming embrace of its own family. Dunbar’s gentle tale resonates with the grace and beauty of unselfish friendship. Gliori’s beguiling illustrations are in complete harmony with the tale, shining with the tenderness of the story. Full-page, full-bleed watercolor illustrations are done in a blend of light and bold hues; soft pastels convey the snug warmth of the Bear household while richly colored earth tones dominate the forest scenes. Fetching drawings depict the Very Small as a diminutive, faerie-like creature while Baby Bear’s stocky body is evocative of a large, ursine toddler. A delightfully whimsical and inviting tale that’s perfect for cuddle time. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-15-202346-1
Page count: 26pp
Publisher: Harcourt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2000




IT TAKES TWO: UNLIKELY PALS IN PICTURE BOOKS:

Children BUBBA AND BEAU, BEST FRIENDS by Kathi Appelt
by Kathi Appelt
Children PETE & PICKLES by Berkeley Breathed
by Berkeley Breathed
Children THE VERY SMALL by Joyce Dunbar
by Joyce Dunbar

MORE BY JOYCE DUNBAR

ChildrenPUSS JEKYLL CAT HYDE by Joyce Dunbar
by Joyce Dunbar
ChildrenODDLY by Joyce Dunbar
by Joyce Dunbar
ChildrenTHE MONSTER WHO ATE DARKNESS by Joyce Dunbar
by Joyce Dunbar

MORE BY DEBI GLIORI

ChildrenWHAT'S THE TIME, MR. WOLF? by Debi Gliori
by Debi Gliori
ChildrenTHE SCARIEST THING OF ALL by Debi Gliori
by Debi Gliori
ChildrenWITCH BABY AND ME ON STAGE by Debi Gliori
by Debi Gliori

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenVERY SPECIAL FRIENDS by Jane Chapman
by Jane Chapman