Just the Right Size

Written by:  Bonnie Grubman

 Illustrated by:  Suzanne Diederen

 Published by:    Clavis Publishing Inc, New York 2018

Ages:    3 – 6 years

Theme:   Big and Small, Being huggable.

Opening Lines:  Did you know… that a ladybug is small enough to land on the branch of a tree? A giraffe is not.

Synopsis:   From Amazon…    Did you know a ladybug is just the right size to land on the branch of a tree? That would be difficult for a giraffe. But then, a giraffe is just the right size to reach the highest branches. Did you know that a frog is small enough to perch on a lily pad? A hippopotamus is not (obviously), but he is big enough to scare even a crocodile away! In her latest picture book, Bonnie Grubman explores the basic concepts of big and small by putting all sorts of living creatures in odd oppositions. And you? What are YOU just the right size for?

Why I like this:  This is a beautifully illustrated book with a great message to help children realize their potential at any age or size. Bonnie Grubman’s story reminds us all that we are perfect the way we are, even for a hug, and we all have unique abilities. This story engages because it’s mostly about animals, and never feels preachy or didactic.  I love that small and big is highlighted to show opposites, the illustrations are in pencil and pale soft watercolors adding to the cuteness.  This is a very cute book.


About the author… https://www.bonniegrubmanbooks.com/about-us

There are many ways in which we can teach young childen the difference’s between small and big…    https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/how-to-teach-preschoolers-the-difference-between-big-and-small/

Activities for kids showing the differences of big and small…    https://www.themeasuredmom.com/10-big-and-small-activities-preschool/

Love this website of fun activities such as making a book and singing a song for kids about you are only as small as what is beside you or around you.  Check it out here…   http://billygorilly.com/blog/2013/teaching-big-and-small/

I’m always happy reviewing Picture Books that come my way and share them with you.  If you would like to see more please pop over to Susanna Leonard Hills Blog where there are hundreds of books reviewed by other like minded authors and writers.  Thank you for popping in and I hope you return again soon.


About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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  1. What a sweet book. I’m always looks for great PBs for my new great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. This looks like a beautiful gift book.

    • Hi Pat, lovely to see you here. Yes this is a very sweet book and helps kids see that there are differences in everyone and everything for a reason made even sweeter because the characters are animals. Thanks for stopping by.

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