Not So Small At All (Sandra Magsamen)

Hello, friends! Our book today is the board book version of Not So Small At All by Sandra Magsamen, an adorable lesson to the smallest of readers to not let themselves be judged by their size.

Sometimes it can be frustrating being small; it can sometimes seem that when you’re small, you can’t do much of anything at all. But seeds are small, and given time, they can grow into beautiful flowers. Bees are small, but they can fly long distances to gather nectar. And ants are small, but they can lift enormous objects with their strength. In fact, being small isn’t so bad, and with the right attitude, the smallest creature can make big things happen.

Very sweet. Magsamen is always reliable for a classically cute board book, filled with energetic hand-lettering and simple, cheery illustrations. Both elements are found here, in addition to a timeless lesson in self-confidence and perseverance. For us, there was one issue: occasionally, the layout of the text made the rhythm hard to decipher, resulting in us having to re-read passages to get the rhyme to land correctly. But otherwise, the message is a good one, the length is fine for even the littlest bookworms, the art is full of color and joy, and JJ and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing it. Overall, a lovely board book to share with your small one, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved.

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)


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