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Big Bug
by Henry Cole

Overview - Size is relative, but everything is worth seeing in this concept book from the illustrator of "And Tango Makes Three."
Beginning with a beautiful close-up of a "big" ladybug, this book artfully depicts the concept of scale. The book zooms out from the bug, to a flower, to a cow, all the way to an expansive spread of sky.
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Overview
Size is relative, but everything is worth seeing in this concept book from the illustrator of "And Tango Makes Three."
Beginning with a beautiful close-up of a "big" ladybug, this book artfully depicts the concept of scale. The book zooms out from the bug, to a flower, to a cow, all the way to an expansive spread of sky. Then Henry Cole masterfully zooms back in from that sky, to a tree, to a house, to a window, all the way to the end where an adorable dog is taking a "little" nap.
In this ideal introduction to the concept of scale, young readers will love the lush illustrations of the animals, objects, and scenery of a farm, and they'll delight in seeing how something "big" can suddenly seem "little" with the turn of a page

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781442498976
  • ISBN-10: 1442498978
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publish Date: April 2014
  • Page Count: 24
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Concepts - Size & Shape
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Lifestyles - Farm Life & Ranch Life
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Farm Animals

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-04-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

Readers get a hint of the ingenuity in Cole's (Unspoken) nifty study of comparative sizes from its arresting cover, which features a ladybug at very close range, Inside, realistic full-bleed paintings provide a playful look at scale and perspective, using a ladybug as an initial point of reference. The tiny insect ("Little bug") rests on a leaf ("Big leaf"), which becomes a "Little leaf" when seen alongside a "Big flower" on the next spread. Cole continues to pan out until eventually the bucolic farm where the action takes places appears small against the "Big... BIG sky." He then reverses direction, zooming in to view some of the same items in different locations. A final endearing scenario brings readers indoors, where a dog, seen on the prior page through a window with its master, naps contentedly, unaware that a certain little ladybug rests on the tip of its nose. It's an accessible entry point to the concept of relative sizes, with a rural setting whose endless expanses of sky and grass are just as inviting as the flora and fauna seen up close. Ages 4–7. (Apr.)

 
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