This book is an adorable older book I found at a local library. For some reason, this particular library has a good collection of older books. I understand the principle behind removing older books (that generally aren't circulated) from the library, but I do love discovering older books like this!
This one has sweet little illustrations with two-tone coloring.
Once there was a very, very, very little girl.
And we explore exactly how little she is. Smaller than her mother's workbasket!
Being little in an adult sized world!
The special accommodations little people need. Their own table, bed, and chair.
When I first read this, I wasn't sure if she was some magical miniature creature, all these special things she needs. Then I realized that little people do actually come with their own everything. As a mother, I can testify to the great quantity of stuff babies need because they are so little.
She was even smaller than other small people.
But one day, she wasn't so small! She could do things all by herself.
And she kept getting bigger!
Let's discuss the color scheme--I adore green and pink together. All watermelon-y.
These illustrations just kill me. So delicately adorable!
Hello bedroom from my childhood dreams.
And we even have a winter scene.
All this bigness got her ready for being a big sister to a baby brother who was very, very, very small.
Martha Alexander's Poems and Prayers For The Very Young
I don't remember the exact circumstances, but I remember stumbling across this poem as a young mother when I was very down and stressed about something. And I suddenly had a moment of clarity--the things I was stressing about, put in the proper perspective, were not as important as they seemed in my small, quiet life. I have noticed, transitioning from a ten year stint as a stay at home mother to a working mother, how much less I stress about things that really bothered me then. I didn't have.... well the exposure to real life that tempers my obsessive nature. I was so focused on my own life that I forgot how busy everyone else is living their own lives. They really aren't watching me and evaluating everything I do.
This won't work for everyone, and there are some problems big enough to obliterate any view of the outside world. But for me, it works. It has worked from the days of walking cows to the pasture, past the creek, under the trees, and through the mud; the days of following windrows of hay around a field on a big, tractor with nothing but my thoughts for company. It is a big old world out there full of beautiful things--big enough to dwarf my small concerns and beautiful enough to fill me with peace.
This is a fun little book about a bird without an outline.
You can only see him when he was near other things.
Most little kids can readily recognize this invisibility as real life. My kids have been listening to Ramona audiobooks and this invisibility is the focus of much of Ramona's life. How do you make people really see you?
The little bird resented this. He felt invisible. So he decided to find things to make him visible.
Brightly colored feathers!
In all his finery, the little bird forgot the benefits of being invisible. Suddenly he is visible to predators.
He quickly sheds his adopted finery in favor of safety.
And now, he is content being himself.
And helps his friends disappear when danger comes calling.
Still, he occasionally puts a little finery on. Just for fun.