"Big or Little?" is a book that's been around for quite awhile. In fact, it's celebrating it's 25th Anniversary, and on this occasion it's being reprinted, this time with updated artwork by Toni Goffe. [Toni's artwork is gentle and fun and has little features that make me laugh -- like the mom's car is full of the debris one accumulates as you transport kids to and fro.]
The reason "Big or Little" has stayed in print is because it manages to perfectly capture children's ambiguity about growing up. Yes, they want to be big boys and big girls, but sometimes their desires get ahead of their skills. Thus they feel BIG when they pour their own milk; but small when they spill it.
They also aren't necessarily ready to give up the comforts of 'babyhood'. They can feel BIG and self-assured one moment, like when they are holding the door for someone older, or they can feel small and powerless, like when they are lost in the grocery store. As Dr. Brazelton has said, 'sometimes it's two steps forwards, and one step back'. And this is what Kathy Stinson has caught on the pages of her book.
"Big or Little?" is a delightful book that's a great read aloud. A wonderful book to read while snuggling. I think the both younger and older children will delight in having this read to them. Younger children will see themselves and understand 'the struggle'. Older children will smile to remember how 'it was back in the old days'.
mom and reviewer at BooksForKids-reviews