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Library : Book Reviews > It's Not Easy Being...

It's Not Easy Being Big!
Stephanie St. Pierre
Illustrated by John Lund

Review by: Angela Vargas

      This book is a wonderful little story for all those children that feel they are at that "in-between" size -- they are too big or too little for everything, it seems.  Our lovable friend, Big Bird, takes us through the first half of the book, showing us all the trouble he is running into being too big.  He is too big to play London Bridge with his friends and too big to ride his tricycle.  Then, he hooks up with his little buddy, Elmo, who seems to be having trouble being too small for things.  Elmo, cannot reach the rings on the swingset or see Herry's juggling over his friends standing in front of him.  Then, together, they learn about such concepts as big, bigger, biggest, and small, smaller and smallest.  As they interact with the other Sesame Street friends, they discover that no matter what size you are, it is okay.  At the very end of the story, Big Bird raises little Elmo up high to reach their kite that has gotten stuck in the tree branches, showing not only true friendship, but how sometimes it is helpful to be one size or the other.  The illustrations are great.  They are bright and colorful and really exemplify the concepts well.  The text is big and bold and could easily be read alone by a beginning reader.
      I would highly recommend this book for toddlers to age 6.

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