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Big and Little

A Story of Opposites

Cheryl Pilgrim


List Price: 17.99*
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Enormous Big and tiny Little, two adorable dogs, go over and under, deep and shallow, in and out in pursuit of a butterfly.

A simple book that introduces the important concept of opposites to the very youngest readers. Loveable Big and effervescent Little opposite in size--and the way they see and navigate the world--as they follow a butterfly. Their journey is told entirely through pairs of opposite words and gentle artwork, and it's full of surprises, including an unexpected run-in with a cranky bear. Fortunately, Big and Little get from here to there and safely home again, just in time for a well-earned rest. The charming narrative arc that runs throughout the story really sets this book apart from other "opposites" books.

Praise For Big and Little: A Story of Opposites

"In continuous full-page spreads, the illustrations are a warm, welcome blend of acrylic, pencil, watercolor, and digital collage. The text alongside each dog is accessible and clear, making this picture book a perfect choice for one-on-one sharing or a toddler storytime. A concept book with a dynamic storyline."School Library Journal

"Deep, richly hued realistic paintings tell a fuller story than that expressed through the total text of 30 paired opposite words. Pilgrim's detailed, actively drawn animals reflect expressive—and frequently contrasting—emotions, especially through her depictions of the dogs' eyes. . . . Few words pair with lots of humor for a delightful outing."—Kirkus Reviews

" For these friends, there are lots of ways to move through the world, but there’s no need for opposites to oppose."Publishers Weekly

Holiday House, 9780823440214, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 23, 2019

About the Author

Cheryl Pilgrim is a writer, illustrator, and public school art teacher living in the Houston, TX, area, with the beloved dogs who inspired Big and Little. Cheryl works in a variety of media including pencils, watercolors, oils, acrylics, and digital collage. This is her first trade picture book.