Big
by Coleen Paratore



Little Pickle Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-982-99385-9.
Reviewed by Laura Strathman Hulka
Posted on 10/11/2012

Younger Readers

Adults seem to take bigness for granted. Not big, in the sense of large, but big as in old enough. Old enough for what, you ask?

Therein lies the tale of Big. A lesson in understanding bigness, and how a child can grow up, grow strong, and grow into a a person who uses the trait of BIG to do big things.

Children long to be bigger. Big enough to swing on the swings. Big enough for the ride at the amusement park. Big enough to chew gum, and big enough to have more candles on the birthday cake. But big is more than a size, or a measurement. This charming children's tale illustrated by Clare Fennell to Coleen Paratore's pithy words encourages young children to be all they can be.

Big promotes emotional and social growth: doing things for others, caring for others, and enriching the lives of others. These are indeed BIG concepts that are well defined in the book, giving good understanding to the very young. We, as parents, grandparents and educators, hope that our children can learn to move forward in grace and appreciation of the good things and people in their lives.

Indeed, even adults reading this to the youngsters in their lives will see that being big is a lifetime goal. Paratore/Fennell show us all how to be BIG!


A lifelong reader and writer, it took Ms. Paratore some 179 rejections before she was published. In 2012, her eighth year as an author, her 17th book will be published! With three BIG sons, who were her heart, soul, and inspiration, she continues to write from her hometown of Troy, NY. You can find out more about her, and her books on her website.

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