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*Big and Little* by John Stadler
Also by John Stadler:

Wilson and Miss Lovely: A Back-to-School Mystery

The Ballad of Wilbur and the Moose
Big and Little
by John Stadler
Ages 4-8 32 pages Robin Corey Books August 2007 Hardcover    

The circus is in town, and a mouse narrates an amazing feat as Ellie (a pink elephant) climbs up a ladder with the intent of diving into a tiny glass of water. With each page she climbs higher and higher, leaving readers unsure if she will even reach the starting point for her dive. Young children will anxiously flip open the flaps of each page to get a sneak peek at how much higher she needs to go to reach her goal.

At the top of the ladder, even Ellie seems surprised at the height to which she has ascended. She gets nervous, slips, and unexpectedly starts her downward descent. It seems like a quick trip down, and readers will delight in the fact that she manages to land perfectly and with grace.

The text is simple and sweet, and the illustrations and fold-out pages are a great enhancement to the telling of the story. Big and Little is an interactive and amusing story with big appeal, leaving little doubt that picking it up will be a treat.

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