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Just a Little Bit Hardcover – Sep 27 1993


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (Sept. 27 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395515270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395515273
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,529,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The author and illustrator of Nothing Sticks Like a Shadow put a new spin on a timeless theme as two friends deal with their dissimilar statures. Elephant and Mouse try to balance a seesaw in the park, with obvious results. Along come a giraffe, zebra, lion, bear, crocodile, mongoose, monkey and ostrich. One by one they climb onto Mouse's side of the seesaw, "grunting and groaning and grimacing" as they push down as hard as they can in an attempt to get Elephant off the ground. Just as they're about to give up, a small brown beetle flies down from the sky and perches atop Mouse's nose, adding the needed weight to move that seesaw. "Every little bit helps!" declares Elephant as a crowd of animal spectators cheers. Tompert's playful if slight cumulative text gets a lift from Munsinger's amusing watercolors, which portray this assemblage of creatures as an endearing, unusually expressive lot. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-A giraffe, zebra, lion, bear, crocodile, monkey, ostrich, and even a mongoose, all winsomely drawn, walk, trot, prance, lumber, grimace, and groan in turn as each tries to aid Mouse in pushing down on one side of the seesaw to lift elephant on the other. Predictably, with each new creature, nothing happens-until (and equally predictable) from overhead a small brown beetle alights on Mouse. Elephant trumpets, "every little bit helps," as he is hoisted into the air. Pastel watercolors and ink washes in Munsinger's talented hands turn this overworked theme into an endearing piece of whimsy. Clothed bunnies and piglets watch from the sidelines in a pale green park (no modern, rubber-tired, pressurized wood playground here). Repetitive phrasing, the parade of animal types, and the variety of verb actions make this a beginning language pleaser. The facial features and poses are childlike and expressive. Together again (Nothing Sticks Like a Shadow [Houghton, 1988]), author and illustrator introduce a variation on "the straw that broke the camel's back" to a new generation. This is neither as suspenseful nor delicate as Alvin Tresselt's The Mitten (Lothrop, 1964), but still a charming effort.
Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By A Customer on July 5 2000
Format: Paperback
Elephant, Mouse, and all their friends work together and have fun. "Just a Little Bit" is a sweet story about friendship and teaches us all a great lesson. As it was inscribed to me by my friend, "Keep this book on hand to remind you at times when you may be tempted to give up on something, that it may just be that next little bit of effort, that little extra push that makes a world of difference." This book made me smile and I loved the illustrations too!
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Every Little Bit Helps! July 5 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Elephant, Mouse, and all their friends work together and have fun. "Just a Little Bit" is a sweet story about friendship and teaches us all a great lesson. As it was inscribed to me by my friend, "Keep this book on hand to remind you at times when you may be tempted to give up on something, that it may just be that next little bit of effort, that little extra push that makes a world of difference." This book made me smile and I loved the illustrations too!
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LOVE the ilustrations! March 8 2012
By ETB - Published on Amazon.com
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The story is cute, but the illustrations is what did it for me. We love reading this book with my 3yo!
We love Lynn Munsinger! Oct. 26 2011
By M. Heiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
From the illustrator of the "Tacky the Penguin" books comes this little visual treasure, a story book that shows-and-tells about balance -- and cooperation!

The animals are a total hoot -- the giraffe sits side-saddle, among other things, and the expressions on their faces as they all cramon the seesaw are just perfect.

(First time I ever saw a lady lion with a mane, though.)
Great book to use when teaching weight April 27 2014
By HeidiL - Published on Amazon.com
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I teach Kindergarten and used this story to introduce weight. It is a very cute story about an Elephant wanting to see saw with his friend Mouse but Elephant can't get off the ground because he is much heavier than Mouse. Elephant's friends come to the rescue one at a time to add weight to Mouse's end of the see saw until a small surprise ending gets the job done!
A cute story for young children about cooperation Nov. 4 2010
By Abby Connors - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This would be a cute story even without a positive lesson, but the fact that it promotes cooperation, teamwork, and "try, try again" makes it even better. The preschoolers in my classes always love it. Remember, what may seem like a cliched, overworked idea to us grownups is still fresh to young children!


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