Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Wee Reads: I Am Small by Qin Leng

Ever since Finn was born, and even before then, we would read to him. We wanted to show him reading from an early age. Now he loves us to read the same books, over, and over, and over. But it is the sweetest thing, when he likes to pick out a book and climb into our laps. 

I Am SmallI Am Small by Qin Leng


Mimi is so little, "I might as well be called Mini," she says. Everyone is taller than her, even the family dog! She can barely reach the bottom of the blackboard at school and isn't tall enough to see all the pretty cakes in the display case at the bakery. Though her friends try to tell her there are lots of advantages to being her size --- like fitting into the best hiding places and easily scooting to the front of the cafeteria line --- to Mimi, being small is the worst. But then one day, she hears that there's a surprise waiting for her at home. A very little surprise. And Mimi is about to discover a little something about being little.

In her authorial debut, award-winning illustrator Qin Leng has crafted a delightful picture book with a fresh twist on the themes of self-acceptance, growing up, and the arrival of a new sibling.
Youngest siblings and small children everywhere will find a kindred spirit in Mimi and will appreciate her change in perspective when --- for the first time --- she sees herself through the eyes of someone smaller than her. Qin Leng's simple but poignant illustrations use gentle humor to highlight how Mimi fits in her world. This is a terrific book for sparking conversations about personal development and self-esteem. It also aligns with character education lessons on self-respect and resilience.

Do you like this book?

Yeah because I'm small too! And even the dog is taller than her!

What's your favorite part of the book?

When Mimi plays knights while riding the doggie!

What do you think of the cover?

I like the red boots! I want red boots!

I Am Small is an adorable book about a little kid who is short. Shorter than everyone else. Well Mimi is really down and out about being the smallest, except when she realizes she actually has a lot of really great things that can happen because she's small.

I was provided an E-book copy of this book from Edelweiss and this did not effect my review. 

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Qin Leng is a designer and illustrator known for her illustrations of children books. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork.

Throughout her career, Qin has illustrated picture books, magazines and book covers with publishers around the world. Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, written by Chieri Uegaki, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, and received the APALA Award for best picture book.
She lives in Toronto, with her husband and her son.
—from the author's website at https://qinillustrations.com/About

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