Big Is Big by J. Patrick Lewis
(and little, little): A Book of Contrasts

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From big and little to cool and hot, from fat and thin to dark and light, poet J. Patrick Lewis cleverly and clearly covers a range of kid friendly opposites, while Bob Barner’s bold and accessible artwork underscores and enlivens the concept for the youngest audiences.

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J. Patrick Lewis was born on May 5, 1942. He is a poet and prose writer who is known for his children's poems. He worked as a professor of economics before devoting himself full-time to writing in 1998. He is the author of 90 children's books including: BoshBlobberBosh, Please Bury Me in the Library, A Hippopotamusn't, First Dog, Spot the Plot, The House, and The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry. In 2014, his title Voices from the March on Washington, made the Hot Civil Rights Titles List. He has received many awards from the American Library Association, The Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Claudia Lewis Award from The Bank Street School and others. He also received the 2010-11 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Excellence in Children's Poetry Award. He was also named the third, U.S. Children's Poet Laureate for 2011-2013 by the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. Bob Barner has written and illustrated many books for children including "Fish Wish". "School Library Journal" has called his collage art "gorgeous" and "engaging". He lives in San Francisco, California. His website is
Published April 15, 2007 by Holiday House. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Well-known animals are chosen to illustrate the concepts, but some of the ideas might be a little over the heads of the target audience: “Young is young and old is old, / pink and blue—or silver and gold.” The picture of a presumably older hippo and two teeny hippos does not help the reader under...

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A cheerful family of bunnies cavorts next to a stomping, snorting bull beside the lines, “Sweet is sweet and mean is mean/ And I know which way I lean.” Later, “Mad is mad and sad is sad/ if you disobey your dad” is featured with a frowning father frog whose toddler-esque tadpole demonstrates his...

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