Tuesday, June 26, 2018

"I Am Small" - a bookwrap






Being small has its perks....come and meet adorable Mimi! 










Unwrapping






"I Am Small"
Authored and written by Qin Leng


* Age Range: 4-7
* Grade Level: PS-2
* Publisher:  Kids Can Press
* Pub. Date: October 2, 2018
* Language: English 


Unwrapping some sweet illustrations ( I love them) 

















































About the book





Mimi is an adorable little character that readers will fall in love with.  She says she might as well be called mini because she is so tiny which makes the world around her a challenge.  All her family members tower over her... even her dog Gus. Oh my!!!

She mentally runs though a list of cons regarding her minute stature:  all my friends are taller than me, crowded sidewalks are scary because nobody notices me, my feet barely reach the edge of the seat on the bus which is dangerous, and at Pete's butcher shop, the sausage links are longer than me... just to cite a few.  Her good friend Remy encourages her about the advantages of her size saying:  you always get to be first in the cafeteria line, you always win at hide-and-seek because you can tuck away in secret places and you always get to sit in the front row for class pictures.  See?  Being small does have lots of advantages.

Mimi is frustrated because she wants to be like all the other kids her age and do all the things that they can do.  Upon deeper reflection and all the positive encouraging things that people around her have been saying she thinks maybe she isn't that bad off after all.  

One day her dad comes to pick her up from school and tells her there is a surprise waiting for her at home.  

"There's a surprise at home," he tells me.
A surprise?  I love surprises!
What could it be?"

Her imagination ignites as she explores many possibilities of what might be waiting for her.  She never in all her wildest dreams expects that ever-so-special surprise to be so extraordinary and even life-changing for her.  

This is award-winning illustrator Qin Leng's authorial debut and "I Am Small"  is a winner indeed.  The illustrations are full of activity, emotion and heart and they greatly enrich the text.  This book touches on themes of self-acceptance, growing up, and the event of when a new sibling arrives into the family.  It is a wonderful book that will ignite conversations about self-esteem and  personal development.  I highly, highly recommend this book.  





Storywraps Rating -  5+++ HUGS!!!!!






Meet the author/ illustrator






Prolific kidlit artist Qin Leng joins the ranks of author-illustrators with her picture book, I Am Small (Kids Can, Oct.). 


"When I was growing up in Bordeaux, France, in the late ’80s, early ’90s, it felt very local: you went to the butcher, you knew each other, you walked down the street to the fishmonger, he gave you tips on recipes. There’s a lot of nostalgia in this book. I remember having conversations with the fishmonger and him showing me the craziest fish he had. I like the idea of the character going by herself – her parents feel it’s safe and that the child needs this experience. Yet, at the same time, it was terrifying because you’re on your own and everything is so huge."




Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China, and later moved to France and then Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her twin sister and works as a designer and illustrator. Her books have been nominated for numerous prizes, including the prestigious Governor General's Literary Award.

Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China, and later moved to France and then Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her twin sister and works as a designer and illustrator. Her books have been nominated for numerous prizes, including the prestigious Governor General's Literary Award.






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