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Big and Small, Room for All

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  26 reviews
A captivating look at how a child, fits into the great, big universe around us.

“Big sky, big sky, what is bigger than the sky?”

In this clever concept book for young readers, award-winning author Jo Ellen Bogart explores the size of animate and inanimate objects and their place in the universe. She introduces children to the concept of “we” — that humans are a big part of t
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Tundra Books
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Cameron Kisselbaugh
After picking this book up, I immediately had a flashback of myself sitting in a tree at my grandmother's house looking out into the countryside. This book, illustrated by Gilliand Newland, uses beautiful pictures to explain how there is an entire universe that the earth belongs to, and we are just a small part of it.

The structure of this book is simple, and it allows for a young child to understand the relative size between certain things such as the "Big earth, small mountain". Although I und
Brian Cortes
Bogart, Jo Ellen. Newland, Gillian. Big and Small, Room for All. (2009). As a girls plays in the outdoors, while hanging from the limb of a tree, the comparison among small and big sizes begin. The comparison begins with the galaxy and the sun, then throughout the book the story continues to compare, each next item is smaller than the previous. The items included are: galaxy, sun, earth, mountain, tree, man, child, kitten,mouse, and flea. The diminishing in size can help a student or reader unde ...more
Rachel Tackett
This book is a good concept book for children. Jo Ellen Bogart who is the author of the book, did well at making the text understandable for small children as well as older children. As a picture book, this is a great example of how a story and the illustrations need each other to get the full concept across to the audience. The illustrator, Gillian Newland created beautiful images to go along with the story. The concept of Big and Small, Room for All shows children how size is relative and what ...more
Gianna Parisi
I absolutely love Big and Small Room for All by Jo Ellen Bogart. This book teaches students what is big and what is small in the universe. I believe I can read this aloud to students from kindergarten through second grade. While reading I would ask them what is bigger then a flea? This would engage them to think of all the things bigger then a flea. Then I would ask what is smaller then a flea? Again engaging the whole class. I really believe this will pertain to a large range of students and be ...more
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Children have deep and inquiring thoughts about their own place in the world. Often, their questions border on the profound. Queries such as “How big is big?”, “How small is small?” emerge to puzzle the adults in their lives. With gentle steps, this searching book lays out the evolution from the microscopic particle to the universe without end. Jo Ellen Bogart’s text may be, at first glance, sparse in words, but it carries a richness in meaning. Simple rhythms are used to bring forth sharp contr ...more
Rachel Hancock
"Big and Small, Room for All" was written by Jo Ellen Bogart and illustrated by Gillian Newland. This concept book takes readers on a journey of discovery in which they compare big things (like the universe) to small things such as fleas. It is written in lyrical prose and is repetitive in nature such that it follows a pattern of "big" and "small." The book begins by talking about the big sky and then digresses all the way from the enormity of the sky to the tiny little particles that are "small ...more
Courtney Miles
I really enjoyed this book by Jo Bogart. I think it tells of an informing, yet interesting story of the different sizes of things in our Universe. The book discusses how mountains are very small compared to the size of our Earth but may be very large compared to the size of a tree.
The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful. The paintings are done in watercolor and are displayed from one page to the next which is nice for children to see, especially when they are trying to compare s
Stephenie Barnes
"Big and All, Room for All" talks about exactly what the title says. This story is good at showing children perspective and how their size relates to the world. This story could give way to more questions for the child because it mention things to big and small to see. The pictures are beautiful paintings with perfect imperfections. There are very few words and the pictures are very big allowing for this story to be a great story to read aloud to children.
Tonya Branch

This is an educational book that compares things that are big and small. At the beginning of the book the sky and sun are compared by the words "Big sky, small sun" The sun is smaller than the sky. The next page, the sun will be the big item and then it will be compared to something smaller. The whole idea of the book is to not only compare the sizes of certain objects but also to realize that in the world and the universe there is "room for all, big and small." The illustrations are done
Emily Calzi
"Big and Small, Room for All" written by Jo Ellen Bogart helps children grasp size and where they fit in the universe. It compares all different objects big to small and how there is "room for all." The repetition of "big" and "small" forces children to really think about and explore this conept that may be challenging to understand. The illustrations by Gillian Newland really helped portray the text and bringing it to life, especially when comparing the kitten to the rat and the the rat to the ...more
Jo Ellen Bogart's "Big and Small, Room for all" would be a great book for young children. It is written in a rhythmic style and is an easy read. Although there are few words within the book, its meaning is very complex. Children can acquire an understanding of the world around them and how things relate in terms of perspective. From the "never-ever-ending sky" to the "world of things too small to see," Bogart's story teaches children to observe and think. Gillian Newland's illustrations enhance ...more
Mar 29, 2010 Ariel added it
This is a quiet, thoughtful picturebook, talking in part about size and scale, but also just an introduction to the wonders and diversity of the world. The illustrations are beautiful, and the changes in scale feel breathtaking at times. The colors are muted-- and I'm not sure how I feel about that. I think it lends to the quiet, thoughtful tone. It makes the book feel like it is from a different era.
I totally agree what other people have said in reviews about the beginning and ending of the boo
This is a clever concept book for early readers, we are introduced the concept of comparison of big and small. Author Jo Ellen Bogart does an excellent job in presenting the concept of humans being a big part of the world but a very small part of the universe. The watercolor illustrations are skillful done in such a way that provides a great visual that accompanies Bogart’s text not overpower it. It’s a job well done for both author and illustrator, Gillian Newland. Both are careful not to overw ...more
"Big and Small, Room for All" written by Jo Ellen Bogart and illustrated by Gillian Newland is wonderfully illustrated but lacks excitement and interest. This concept book focuses on the relativity of the terms 'big' and 'small.' For example, while the tree is big compared to the man, the man is big compared to the child. These ideas are sometimes difficult for children to grasp and this book addresses that issue well, but it lack interest. While the book lacked interest, the paintings were very ...more
Julianne Frye
No matter how big or how small, every one and every thing is important in its own way. This is a great book to help children think about how massive our universe is, and also how tiny some living organisms are. I like the way this book compares two different objects and tells which ones is smaller, but then on the next page it compares the small object to something even smaller, and so on. For example, "Big sky, small sun... Big sun, small Earth." I think this really puts things into perspective ...more
Ruth Lyons
This book begins with the big sky and goes all the way down to microscopic organisms. It discusses how one thing is smaller than one thing and bigger than others.

This book would be good for beginning readers because of the simple words and the way the words are big and clear on the page. It would also be good as a book to read to 2 yeat olds and preschoolers.

The ilustrations helped to define the size difference between the two objects talked about on each doublespread. The illustrations were cle
Kathryn Cullen
This book is good to show the perception of things changing. The watercolor illustrations in this book are good for readers to view. This book would be a good read aloud for young elementary age students. However, one question raised in the book is "what is bigger in the sky?" According to this statement this shows that something is bigger than the sky which can lead to misconceptions that children may have. It also could lead to a religious topic of discussion which can make things hard when te ...more
Blair Herron
Concept Books:

Good book to get kids thinking about the concept of how big/small things are. I loved how it compared whatever it was talking about to something smaller, and then would take that object and compare it to something smaller and etc. The illustrations did a great job of showing this as well.
Rewarding for even the earliest reader, simple text and amazing watercolours make this a fun book to read together too. There are few words of more than one syllable, those few having two. I'd probably have given the book five stars if I'd had a child around to read it with.
I like the concept of "this is smaller than this, which is smaller than this...." to show relationships, and I think this may fit well for beginning readers, but the beginning and the ending felt tacked on.
Nice concept book on sizes. I love the illustrations. The "Big child, Small kitten" page is my favorite.
nice story of comparing big little. Also a good growing up story.
"relative size, philosophical"
Good book on perspective
good for storytime
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