Big and Small by Elizabeth Bennett and Jane Chapman
Published by Scholastic Australia
A kind, blue bear (Big) and a tiny, white mouse (Small), are best friends. They decide to spend the day playing and discovering the outdoors.
Big climbs high on a giant tree and Small crawls low and is dwarfed by mushrooms. He stubs his toe and calls to Big: “A little help, please!”. Big is quick to comfort his tiny friend. As their adventure together progresses, they cross streams, eat lunch, roll down hills, but each time Small encounters difficulties, he calls Big for help.
As the day turns to night, Big and Small head home. Once snuggled and warm in their beds, Big finds that he just can't sleep. He calls to Small: “A little help, please!” and Small is quick to deliver an affectionate hug.
This story speaks more than friendship to me. It talks of shapes, sizes and a tenderness between two unlikely friends. The story demonstrates the responsibility of caring for another being, (regardless of differences).
Throughout the story, some wording is over-sized making it attractive visually for little readers. I especially enjoyed how the story also promoted a love of nature and life itself.
Author Elizabeth Bennett and illustrator Jane Chapman certainly have a winner here. A great choice for parents and teachers to read to a young audience.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Elizabeth Bennett
Illustrator: Jane Chapman
Title: Big and Small
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: March 2014