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Aidan Cassie writes a lovely story about little Juniper. She is so small in her family and she feels she misses so much. Do you know any children like that? If so, they may find a companion spirit in Little Juniper. Little Juniper makes it BIG allows us to watch Juniper’s perspective change.
What I am Reviewing
Little Juniper makes it BIG.
Aidan Cassie (author, illustrator)
Farrar Straus Giroux
4-8 years, 40 pages, hardcover with fly leaf
Reviewed for Raincoast Books.
Picture book, Size, Preschool, Kindergarten, self-esteem, humour, animals
What Juniper lacks in size, she makes up for in heart. And her heart is dead-set on growing up and getting taller. She’s tired of having to reach for the cookie jar or use a stepping stool for the toilet. Everything in Juniper’s world seems to be made for adults. Ugh!
Juniper is industrious, however, and builds several silly contraptions to help reach her goals. But it isn’t until she makes a fun new friend at school, Clove, who is even smaller than Juniper, that she is able to see her world from a new perspective – and appreciate all sizes, big or small.
Details on Little Juniper makes it BIG
Little Juniper makes it BIG is a fun book that made you see Juniper’s immense frustration with being the smallest in her family. She tried so hard to accommodate, and to work around her size, but nothing really worked. She was getting into such a funk. What is a little coon to do?
Comparing herself to her classmates helps but, it really isn’t enough. Little Juniper only sees the difficulties she has. How must it be for Clove? Friendship and fun help see her way through to a different perspective.
Between the fantastic images and the lovely (and fun) story line, Little Juniper makes it BIG is sure to please your little ones. Laugh with Clove and delight in her antics. Be delighted when Juniper learns to look at life from a different perspective… it’s a wonderful thing! 🙂
There is so much colour and life in the images, different things to point out and talk about. Items such as size difference, colour, home styles and how little Juniper would feel about taking a bath. I love detail rich picture books. Then the book becomes about more than just the story, but about the details of life as well.
One thing I did wish it had was more involvement by the parents in Juniper’s struggles. Helping her to see and realize her place in the world even if she was smaller than all the grown-ups in her life.