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Maisy Big, Maisy Small by Lucy Cousins
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Dec 21, 09

bookshelves: picture-books, informational, read-a-loud, toddler-pre
Read in December, 2009

** spoiler alert ** Bold, primary color gouache illustrations coupled with thick, hand-written lettering draw the reader into this book of opposites. Opposing pages have opposites, so the reader can easily identify the concept. Written in phrases, this book mirrors the beginning speech patterns of a toddler and includes children’s favorite images: animals. A wide variety of opposites are covered, making this a good introduction to opposites for smaller children. This book is definitely eye-catching, with Maisy filling at least one-third of the page. This is a wonderful book to read in storytimes for the toddler group, as well as one-on-one for babies through pre-schoolers. Children will also like looking at this book independently because of the animals and primary colors. I do not like a couple of the “opposites” that Lucy Cousins included because they aren’t opposites; they’re simply different: Spots/Stripes and Fluffy/Spiky. This misuse of opposites takes a bit away from what is otherwise a wonderful instructional book.
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