Yet again, a cover has snagged my attention. The vibrant colors, the softness, the utterly fricken adorable animals. They all got me.
I can tell you right now though, this book is one of those books that a young child is going to request you read time and time again (and here's why that's important). So without further ado...
A lady bug is small enough to sit on a leaf, but a giraffe is not. BUT! It is big enough to reach the leaves on treetops to eat. While one animal might be perfectly small enough for one task, a contrasting animal is not, but it is big enough to do a task that is important to them.
Just the Right Size is about being just the right size for tasks that are important to the animals, but one of the greatest things about this book is the sentence repetition. The sentences follow the same "this animal is small enough to do this. But this animal isn't! It's big enough to do this!" all the way through the book until it concludes with the child being also being the perfect size.
Ana had her own version of this kind of book. What Color is Elmo? The book was entirely built of sentence repetition and she requested I read it so much, it actually fell apart. I read that damn book so much that 4 years later, I can read it to you. FROM MEMORY. IN THE SAME DAMN VOICE. [And yes, of course I still have the pieces packed away in my memento box like a loon.]
But these kinds of books are so, so, so important!
Books with sentence repetition teach vital grammatical forms, event sequencing, the skill to predict what comes next, and the reenforcement of the overall idea in the book.
So this will be my new, What Color is Elmo?, I assume with Baby #2. It's beautiful, it's sweet, and it's very easy to read with voice inflections.
Just the Right Size will be released August 1st and since we think this book is such a great addition to your shelves, we'll be giving away one hard copy to one of you lucky bastards.