________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 6 . . . . October 9, 2009

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Big and Small, Room for All.

Jo Ellen Bogart. Illustrated by Gillian Newland. Toronto, Tundra Books, 2009.
32 pp., hardcover, $20.99.
ISBN 978-0-88776-891-0.

Subject Headings:
Size judgment-Juvenile poetry.
Size perception-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 3-6.

Review by Ellen Heaney.

**** /4

Gillian Newland's rich watercolour illustrations are the star of this concept book from Tundra. With washes of rich earthy colours, she depicts the heavens, the mountains, people and animals with a light but exacting touch. Her suggestion of form is stunning, from the opening showing the swirling nebula bright against the dark sky to the page with the marmalade kitten. Not only is scale indicated, but the differences, such as those between the impersonal nature of the planets and a touching image of an adult hand reaching down to take a toddler's hand, are clear.

     Bogart has decided on an interesting structure, mentioning comparisons of scale in diminishing order. Thus we begin with the vastness of the universe and end with "a world of things too small to see."

internal art

Big mountain,

Small tree

Big tree,

Small man

Big man,

Small child

Big child,

Small kitten

     Each pair of ideas sits alone on a double spread. The spare text allows the illustrations to make their full impact, and a session sharing this book between an adult and a child would be time well spent.

Highly Recommended.

Ellen Heaney is the Head of the Children's Department at the New Westminster Public Library in New Westminster, BC.

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