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So Big!

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  39 reviews
A simple, clever text paired with utterly adorable animal characters makes school-day jitters seem not so big after all!

Bear is so big, and he's ready to start school!

But even if you're SO BIG, you might feel a little nervous at times.

Can Bear brave his first day and find a way to make it feel just right?

A clever and charming story, So Big! will help young readers through
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Shaye Miller
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graduation
In only a few words, readers will feel the highs and lows of their very first day of school. Sometimes we feel soooo big when we’re old enough to start something brand new. Other times, we feel NOT so big when overwhelm kicks in. This book could be great for the beginning kindergartener in your life or the soon-to-be college student. All the feels, right here! The artwork was created with Holbein Acryla gouache paint on hot press watercolor paper.

For more children's literature, middle grade lite
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, playtime
This book was a perfect pick for my playtime group, which is overwhelmingly 2-year-olds (with some older kids sprinkled in, too). It was great because the littles had no trouble sitting through it-- the book is short-- but there are also many opportunities in this story to build multiple literacies (characters have visible feelings that aren't reflected in the text, which makes for great interaction). Solid! ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pbf-school
In 6 distinct words, with no more than 2 or 3 of those words per page, this book expertly depicts first day of school jitters. Adorable illustrations.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
So Big! by Mike Wohnoutka. PICTURE BOOK. Bloomsbury USA. $18. 9781547600793



Bear is SO BIG! He is ready to start school. He can get himself dressed. He can pour his own cereal and milk. He can pack his backpack and tie his own shoes. He is very excited for this new adventure in his life! The bus stop and bus ride present the reader with other first timers riding to school. Bear braves the bus ride very well, until he sees the BIG new
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Very simple text - only a few words.
Bear is excited to be big enough to start school - until he sees the bus and then the school. Readers can follow the simple wording to see how bear is feeling. He meets a friend, and together, they figure out that school is okay.
Use with preschoolers and kindergartners during the first week.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A very positive picture book about first-day jitters when starting school. Bear is “so big,” a refrain that carries through the entire book. He is big enough to get himself dressed. He is so big that he can make his own breakfast too. He packs his own bag, ties his shoes, and heads out to the bus stop. But when the bus gets there, it is so big! The kids around him are big too. So is the large school. Bear is worried and sits down on the steps. There he notices a smaller child hesitating to go in ...more
Great Books
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ages-birth-2
This book uses the common concept of teaching children how big they are getting. However, it goes even further to relate with the child as he or she develops and reaches milestones. The child gains a perspective on how big (or small) he or she is in relation to a school bus, large animals such as a hippopotamus and giraffe, and the child's soon to be school building. The child feels small until getting into school and sitting at the desk with school kids of the same age and then the child feels ...more
The Library Lady
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Bear is starting school and is proud that he is "SO BIG!" But on his way, he discovers that he is not as big as he thinks he is, and the "SO BIG" school scares him. But when a smaller classmate arrives, Bear is brave enough to get the two of them into school, and in the end they are settled into school. "Just Right!"

This is a nice back to school book, but it's also a great pattern book. A child who can't really sound things out yet can basically sight read the 8 words. And if you're an adult rea
Juliana Lee
Very few words deliver so much meaning! It's Cub's first day of school. He wakes up feeling 'so big'. As he dresses, eats, breakfast, and waits for the bus he feels 'so big'. But when he sees the big bus, the big kids, and the really big school building, he doesn't feel as big (confident). Then he sees an even smaller friend, Squirrel who is afraid to go into the big building. So they hold hands and go in together. They find that it's not so big, and the teacher is not too big, and the classroom ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a little bear gets ready for his first day of school, he is feeling So Big! After all, he gets dressed by himself and gets his own breakfast. He ties his own shoe and packs his own backpack. He is So Big, indeed. But when he goes out to the bus, that seems so much bigger ... as do all the kids on the bus. And the school is even bigger. Suddenly, little bear doesn’t feel so big. And squirrel cries because the school is too big. But when Bear and Squirrel go inside together, things aren’t so bi ...more
Connor Filipovich
"So Big!" has very few words, and most of them consist of "So Big!" This makes it easy for very young children to follow along. There are cute illustrations of a cub and other animals on every page. The story line is sweet and has a lot to do with overthinking. The cub was overthinking going to school and was very nervous, but he found another animal feeling the same way. This helped both of them and they had a good day at school. ...more
Laura Salas
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In very few words, this charming picture book shows the change in perspective a child starting school goes through. He thinks he's so big at first. But then a huge school bus shows up, with enormous classmates, and an even bigger school. The main character is overwhelmed, but he eventually learns that he is bigger than some, smaller than others, and just right to help out a new friend. ...more
Krissy Neddo
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Almost wordless. Large size book- great for whole group share. Liked illustrations. Story(well, there really isn't one in words) was a bit too short. Was hoping there would be more for my back to school read alouds. But I may use it to instruct students how to infer meaning through illustrations. ...more
Age: Preschool-Kindergarten
Emotion: Excited, Overwhelmed, concern
Familiar Experience: First day of school

Large illustrations, simple text, and soft crayon-like illustrations make for a great read-aloud during the first week of school. While the text may seem overly vague, the emotions and experiences are universal.
MeganRuth - Alohamora Open a Book
Super simple text all about being ready for school, specifically Kindergarten. Bear is "So big" and ready for school, but then the closer he gets to school (BIG bus, BIG kids, BIG school) he isn't feel so big or so ready. He's nervous.

Simple and cute is a winning combination for a kindergarten teacher to use this at the beginning of the school year.
This book only utilizes about 5 words, and they should all be ones a kid getting ready for kindergarten could learn easily. This would give them confidence as a learner, and the illustrations in the story will help them feel ready to start school. Clever.
Dana Storytime Account
This is a cute first day of kindergarten book about a little bear who thinks he's big only to realize he may be small and then realize with the help of a new friend he's just right. Perfect for kids who are a little weary about starting at a big school... ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A first day of school book that uses just 4 words: "So," "Big," "Not," and "Too."

Love the different feelings expressed with just those few words.

The illustrations really make the story because the text is so minimal.
Niki (Daydream Reader)
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great first day of school book for preschool or kindergarten.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Minimal words (mostly just "So big!") with maximum heart. Super cute. It won me over more than I expected. ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great simple story about the first day of school.
Jami Sailor
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
so big so big so big until he reaches school
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is freakin’ ADORABLE. It’s aimed at younger kids, has limited verbiage, and that’s all it needs.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Great book for a toddler.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars for this cute book
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
almost wordless
good for back to school
simple text for non sitters
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The text uses a small variety of words, but because of the use of text size, the message is delivered clearly.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: prek-books
At first I was annoyed that the same words repeat in different ways. As I read more of the story it became really sweet and charming. It's so cute! The illustrations are cute as well. ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Perfect for any small child going to school for the first time.
Syntha Green
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
So cute
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