I Don’t Want To Be Small
Laura Ellen Anderson
Bloomsbury Children’s Books
The little boy narrator of this rhyming tale rues his lack of stature; “It’s not fair,” he says. Frequently overlooked, he’s the smallest among his friends and big bro’s castoffs are way too large.
In a fit of pique the lad tosses his Teddy Bear skywards only to get it stuck in a tree out of reach.
Nothing he tries succeeds in getting Ted down;
superfast consumption of green veggies merely serve to give him wind and attempting to become flower-like is let’s say, a damp squib.
His “I JUST WANT MY BEAR” shout causes a tall girl to come and offer her assistance; but not even she can reach Teddy.
Light bulb moment: teamwork might just do it suggests our narrator, and … hurrah! Success; but much more important, is what ensues.
Laura’s spirited illustrations abound with humour and pathos, and her seemingly simple, funny story with its powerful messages about self-acceptance and the importance of co-operation, will resonate with all those who feel inferior for whatever reason.