Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life by Jerdine Nolen

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Young Hewitt Anderson is sweet, smart, polite—and very, very small. This warmly humorous tale with audio is “proof that, when it comes to heart, physical size isn’t the whole story” (Kirkus Reviews).

Young Hewitt Anderson is his parents' pride and joy, and they love him so. Hewitt is sweet, smart, polite -- everything a boy could be -- except Hewitt is small...very small...teeny-weeny, in fact.

Descended from a long line of giants, the J. Carver Worthington Andersons take their height very seriously indeed. You see, without exception all of the many J. Carver Worthington Andersons have been giants until now. And poor Hewitt -- hidden in the floorboards, trapped in the flour vat, lost in the bedsheets -- has his struggles being tiny. Oh, his parents worry: How will their son manage to live in a world of big things? Leave it to Hewitt to prove the power of being small.

Inspired by the tale of "Jack and the Beanstalk," the inimitable Jerdine Nolen tells an original story of bravery and the power of the individual. Kadir Nelson's imaginative and loving illustrations create a world where smallness rules -- a world that children will want to return to again and again.
 

About Jerdine Nolen

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JERDINE NOLEN is the author of many beloved picture books, including Plantzilla and Raising Dragons, which won the Christopher Award and was a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children. She lives in Maryland.KADIR NELSON has illustrated many popular books for children, including Just the Two of Us by Will Smith and Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee. He lives in California.
 
Published January 1, 2013 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nelson’s burly, monumental, brown-skinned giants positively glow with beneficence, and Nolen writes, as always, with a distinctive mix of humor and formality: Listening to his parents sing “made Hewitt’s liver quiver and tickled his funny bone right down to his shoes.” Here’s proof that, when it ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Anderson can't quite understand why Hewitt doesn't measure up, size-wise, but "they adored their puny, frail, delicate bundle of joy" and spent long hours worrying about him and helping him to have "a big life with big things in it!"

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As far as the J. Carver Worthington Andersons, descendants of giants, were concerned, "big things were best! " But when their son Hewitt is born normal hu

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On the rare occasion that she does not have her nose stuck in a book, she enjoys watching movies, surfing the net and shopping (especially for books).

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