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The Littlest Family's Big Day

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  464 ratings  ·  83 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wonderful Things You Will Be, meet Emily Winfield Martin's little forest family and the adventures they have on one very big day.

Meet the littlest family. They have just moved to the forest and are ready to go for their first wander about. What will this little family find? Friends, adventure, and most importantly, a place
ebook, 32 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty illustrations for a story about a family moving to a new neighbourhood.
Kellee Moye
BEAUTIFUL illustrations and a cute neighborhood adventure.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We got this book at the toy store where I work a few days ago and I've read it almost every day since. It's so cute. I can't stop looking at it. Quite possibly the cutest thing I've ever seen. I wish I had this book when I was a child, but I'm happy that I get to enjoy it now too!!

Emily Winfield Martin has the world's most adorable illustrations, AND is a local artist in the city of Portland, where I live.
May 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
That owl would totally eat them.

There are some definite logical flaws in the book, and yet none of that is dramatic enough to make the book interesting. However, it seems like it could still be a very good bedtime book, because it has nice pictures and minor obstacles with happy resolutions that all happen quietly.
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Charming illustrations follow this sweet story about a little family of creatures on a wander.
Rhiley Jade
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A spectacular adventure to embark on! The art, the story, the colors-WOW! Emily Winfield Martin will be my favorite children's author for a long time, I can tell. ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was, as Grandmama would say, darling.
The four members of the littlest family have an adventure in the wood where they wander about, follow the wind, and even go boating on a nearby river. Although their flight from a rainstorm leads to getting lost, they receive assistance from another friendly animal who makes sure they make their way back to safety and home. The book has a dreamy, imaginative, other worldly feel to it, enhanced by the lovely illustrations, created with acrylic on wood and gouache. I really liked the last page tha ...more
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possibly the cutest story I've ever read. The pictures are just lovely. ...more
A wandering "tiny" bear family moves to the woods, meets quite a few other small inhabitants of the forest, are caught in a rain storm and run for shelter. It's dark, they're lost, but one kind owl helps them discover what home they really have. The plot is a bit loose, a "morning till night story," but I think the younger readers will enjoy it, along with the cute illustrations. ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Absolutely beautiful illustrations, my favorite kind - very sweet. Story just ok, though. Not much there. They have adventures and get lost, then come home.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author was also the illustrator for this lovely book. It reminded me of stories by Margaret Wise Brown. You could spend hours looking at the beautiful illustrations!
Baby Bookworm
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Hello, friends! Today’s book is The Littlest Family’s Big Day by Emily Winfield Martin, a sweet story of a tiny bear family’s move to a new neighborhood.

The Bear family has just moved to the forest, and they are excited to explore their new neighborhood. They aren’t like regular bears; only five inches tall, different colors, and their youngest child an adopted fox cub, they look very different
Stephanie Bange
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a quirkiness to this that has images of small creatures in a giant world, that look like a throwback to illustrations of classic Golden Books from the 1950's, and yet has a timeless, fresh feel. Yep, that describes this little gem of a book.

This family of four very small bears wanders outside of their new home in the woods in order to meet their new neighbors, which include fairy-like butterflies, mice, a bunny, a squirrel, a robin, aspider, a snail, raccoons, a kitten, and g
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Littlest Family's Big Day is a sentimental call back to the picture books of my childhood, with animals and fairies dressed in their most charming outfits doing things in the forest that they simply must do when no person is looking. Scale and logic cast aside, The Littlest Family is a family of tiny bears who go on a journey from their new home to find that they have made friends of their neighbor gnomes, squirrels, raccoons, snails, mice, birds and more. The last page opens to a big spread ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
Martin is a talented illustrator, but the text in this book is mediocre at best. The story felt incoherent, as though it was written to accompany a random selection of illustrations, rather than written to tell a story in conjunction with the pictures. I was reminded of the Barefoot Critters books, which are also beautifully illustrated but just not that well-written. I really wish publishers would pair some of these great illustrators with tried and true writers - the result could be some reall ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book was so cute I had to flip through it, which turned into reading the whole thing..

This book is so cute and so charming, it’s warm and safe and feels like childhood. This is a beautiful book about a family moving to a new neighborhood and the adventure of meeting new friends. It’s pretty great.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is more illustration focused than story focused. It’s beautiful to look at and I’m hoping as my 1 year old grows there will be plenty to discuss about the illustrations because they really are beautiful.
Neale Sourna
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute little adventure. Share with a child this integrated family's fun day with new friends. Okay, I work in a bookstore and thought I'd check this one out. There wasn't reads like this when I was "age appropriate." ...more
Jul 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This isn't new, but I can't help but say...The littlest family has just made a move and they have such a lovely adventure exploring their new neighborhood. And by the end, wow it sure feels like home. This book is so warm, and the artwork is just gorgeous. ...more
Alice Ball
Lovely nostalgic illustrations, less than inspiring text. Dreamy. Reminiscent of Little Fur Family by Margaret Wise Brown, but not quite as memorable.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful illustrations but story just didn't flow. Disappointed since I love when Emily Winfield Martin's other books. ...more
Jessica Furtado
Martin's illustrations often outshine her writing. The artwork tells a beautiful story, but the text is fairly lackluster.

5 stars for the illustrations
2 stars for the text
Laura Rogers
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of cutest picture books I have read in recent memory. I mean every detail is a visual treat. Children will enjoy this fantasy forest read.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet story for little board book readers. Easy to follow.
But 5 stars for illustration :)
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: pb
Engaging story about a little family's adventures in the woods. ...more
bet mercer
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I love her other books better, but still enjoyed this one. Loved the illustrations and there's one particularly good line. ...more
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
loved it!
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this multiracial family of bears that have an adopted fox kit.
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Emily Winfield Martin makes paintings, books, and other things. She is the author and illustrator of Day Dreamers (forthcoming, 2014), Dream Animals (2013), Oddfellow's Orphanage (2012) and The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer (2010). When she was small, she spent every moment drawing, reading, dressing rabbits in fancy clothes, and having many peculiar daydreams. When she grew up, she began to ill ...more

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