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Friday, February 14, 2014

Never Too Little To Love, written by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Jan Fearnley. Candlewick Press, Random House. 2005. $14.50 ages 3 and up


"This is
Tiny Too-Little.

He loves somebody.


And that's a long,
long way..."

Tiny Too-Little really wants a kiss, and it appears that he will go to any lengths to get one. Even if it seems impossible. Even if it appears dangerous. Even when all of his planning fails!

I was reading this book with young children as I visited schools this week. I had Valentine's Day in mind, and it seemed a perfect choice. Those children were in complete agreement. The best thing happened each time I read it....someone (in tiny voice, or not) asked to hear it again. It is the best compliment a reader can get, isn't it?

It is really perfect fare for those who are just becoming interested in figuring out how print works. It has just enough words; those words are repetitive; the illustrations serve as a wonderful support for assuring success; and, would-be readers feel proud and capable when they read it themselves, or even help with the words.

Tiny has a problem, that is a sure thing! The love of his life is too tall for him to reach, and he really wants that kiss. So, he stands on tiptoes on a thimble, but it doesn't come close to solving the problem. Nor does a matchbox on the thimble on tiptoes, or a watermelon on a matchbox on a thimble on tiptoes.

You know where this is going, and so do kids! The pile gets higher, the text keeps adding one more element to the growing tower. Nothing helps. Just when he reaches the highest point on the book's page, the tower wobbles...and then CRASHES!  Oh, dear!

This is Valentine's Day...and love is in the air. No worries for Tiny Too-Little. His love has the solution to what appears to be an insurmountable obstacle. Love conquers all, am I right?

Don't miss is a true delight...and worthy of reading any day of the year!

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