When I’m Big
32pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
Everyone keeps telling me
I’m going to be a big girl soon,
but I wonder . . . Just how BIG will I be?
Often parents tell their children of the impending arrival of a new sibling, that they will be a “big brother” or “big sister” and this charming story explores what happens when the little girl takes this literally, as children so often do. To her, “big” only means “large” and she has grave concerns that she might become so big she won’t fit in the bath or her bed, and instead of her toy giraffe she will only be able to play with the real ones at the zoo!
For younger readers, particularly those who are likely to be experiencing not only the introduction of a new baby to their lives, but all the anxieties about the impact that accompany that, this book is a conversation starter about the changes they can expect and how they will be an important and integral part of them. Little ones worry that the new arrival will usurp them in their parents’ affections and they need reassurance as well as examples of how they will be a vital part of the new situation.
But it can also be a starter for helping them understand how they have grown and changed already, reflecting on what they have learned and achieved so they start to realise that “big” can mean a lot of things. A. A. Milne’s classic poem, The End is the perfect accompaniment as is this poem from Sounds of Numbers by Bill Martin Jr. (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston; First Edition (January 1, 1966) which could lead to all sorts of writing and maths activities.
My name is Tommy
I am not very big
I am not as big as a goat
A goat is bigger than I am
I am not as big as a horse
A horse is bigger than I am.
I am not as big as a n elephant
An elephant is bigger than I am
I am not as big as a whale
A whale is bigger than I am.
I am not as big as a dinosaur
A dinosaur is the biggest thing I know.
Sometimes you pick up a book that has the power to take you well beyond its pages – and this is one of those.