Sunday, February 10, 2013

BIG by Coleen Paratore and illustrated by Clare Fennell ~ Giveaway

BIG by Coleen Paratore and illustrated by Clare Fennell.
BIG goes beyond the basics to show that size is more than a matter of height. Touching on ideas such as health, citizenship, and imagination, this book can be the key to heartfelt dialogue between children and caregivers about the importance of values over valuables.

  • ISBN-13: 9781619890718
  • ISBN-10: 098299854
  • Publisher: Little Pickle Press
  • Publication date: 12/19/2012
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Pages: 30
  • File size: 10 MB
 Are  you “big” yet?
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About Author
Coleen Paratore, Is a native of Troy, New York, and the eldest of six children. Her lifelong love of reading can be traced back to weekly trips with her mother to the Troy Public Library. Coleen’s fascination with words has taken her from first place in a grammar-school poetry contest to a Master’s Degree in English from Trinity College.
After leaving the workforce in 1994 to become a full-time mother of three, Coleen spent her days introducing her children to the world around them. “I didn’t know that I would one day write children’s books, yet everything in my life was leading me that way.” When her oldest son turned ten, the spark of writing burst into full flame.
With more than 17 books to her name, Coleen knows the importance of believing in one’s self. “Find what it is you love to do – because that is your gift – and then find a way to share it.” A fan of travel, theater, and movies, Coleen recently moved back to Troy, where she intends to continue writing.
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About Illustrator
Clare Fennell spent fifteen years in the UK greeting card industry, designing products, managing a studio, and “running up and down a lot of stairs”. Holding fast to her illustration degree, Clare left her ordinary job to take on the extraordinary challenge of becoming a children’s book illustrator.
An admittedly messy studio keeper, Clare is very clear on what she likes. “I love children's books, colour, pattern … and I love what I do.” Working in the mediums of collage, paint, and Photoshop, she focuses her artistic energy on children’s books.
When the paint pots are shut at three p.m., Clare shifts into Mum mode. She lives in Leicestershire in the United Kingdom with her husband and two daughters.
Clare's website:

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My Thoughts on BIG!

BIG! What makes us BIG?  It is not just how tall we are.  

Mastering a new grade level.  That is BIG

I would say President Obama is BIG.  Being a President is a BIG accomplishment.  

You can be BIG in your community. 

Being BIG enough to set a good example for your younger siblings. This would be a BIG responsibility.  

Maybe you are BIG enough to get on your bike without training wheels.  That is also a BIG accomplishment!

How will you know when you are BIG? When you succeed at what you are trying to accomplish.

I really liked the lesson the author teaches in this story.  
I think it will make a BIG impression on children of all ages.
Probably some grownups too.
It will be fun to see how many times in a day we can succeed in someway BIG.  
This story teaches responsibility, to set goals for oneself and to be a good (BIG) citizen.  

The illustrator depicts the story with characters and other images that tells the story in a BIG way.  The illustrations are in BIG bold colors that will peak the child's imagination.

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book for from Little Pickle Press for review.  
I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my honest opinion.

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  1. I enjoy reading books to my children that teach life lessons. This would be a great addition to our

  2. What a great topic! Kids are perennially wanting to be older and bigger than they are.

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    1. Boy I know that to be true from all my kids and grandkids! Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway!

  3. This is a fantastic review of Big (5 out of 5!) and a good reminder to share these important lessons with our children through the use of their accomplishments. Thank you for this thoughtful post.

    1. Thanks for the compliment on my review! I love books with valuable messages!

  4. Patricia, I am so glad that you enjoyed BIG! I fell in love with it the first time I read it, too! "I think it will make a BIG impression on children of all ages. Probably some grownups too." I am one of those grownups!

    1. Thanks for the kind words. It is never to late to teach a somewhat old dog new tricks! ;o)

  5. Thank you for this great review of a wonderful book! Not only is the message in BIG important, but it is a really fun book to read with children. They are always finding new things in Clare's illustrations!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comment.


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