Wednesday, April 27, 2022

" Too-Small Tyson" - a bookwrap



Too-Small Tyson

Authored by JaNay Brown-Wood

Illustrated by Anastasia Magloire Williams

(Part of Storytelling Math)


* Reading Age:  3-7 years

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Charlesbridge Publication 

* Pub. Date:  October 18, 2022

* ISBN-10:  1623541646

*ISBN-13:  978-1623541644

* Language:  English

* Reading Age:  3-7 ye

" Celebrate diversity, math, and the power of storytelling! "

Unwrapping Some Illust


The Book

This is a delightful book that is very relatable to kids.  Tyson is the youngest of four brothers and of course that makes him the smallest sibling.  

The family gerbil, Swish, goes missing and the hunt is on to retrieve him and put him safely back in his cage.  Of course Tyson wants to be part of the rescue team but is dismissed from participating in the mission because his brothers once again think he is too small to engage in the search.   

Tyson saves the day by using his math skills.  He uses his knowledge of doubling up, tripling up and using different sized tubes from Swish's cage (and a luring slice of juicy apple) to create a pathway that connects him to his beloved pet and manages to bring him to safety.  

The wonderful illustrations are colourful, engaging and enrich the message of the story.  I love the fact that the smallest brother is the one who cleverly solves the problem proving that no matter what your size you are valuable and capable of contributing great helpful ideas too!  


Storytelling Math celebrates children using math in their daily adventures as they play, build, and discover the world around them. Joyful stories and hands-on activities make it easy for kids and their grown-ups to explore everyday math together. Developed in collaboration with math experts at STEM education non-profit TERC, under a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation.

This book would be a wonderful asset in a classroom setting and in an elementary school library.  I highly recommend it! 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

JaNay Brown-Wood is an early childhood professor and the author of several books for children, including Shhh! The Baby's Asleep and Grandma's Tiny House. She also contributed to the poetry anthology Thanku: Poems of Gratitude. Much of JaNay's work is intended to celebrate casual diversity, primarily featuring Black characters. JaNay lives in California.


About the Illustrator

Anastasia Magloire Williams is a visual communicator who considers herself more of a storyteller than simply a designer or an artist. Using a unique blend of graphic, illustrative, and painterly illustration, she believes that "style" should always serve the story, or concept. She has a B.F.A in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and lives in Florida.

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