Big Bug

Big Bug

Book - 2014
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Size is relative, but everything is worth seeing in this concept book from the illustrator of And Tango Makes Three .

Beginning with a beautiful close-up of a "big" ladybug, this book artfully depicts the concept of scale. The book zooms out from the bug, to a flower, to a cow, all the way to an expansive spread of sky. Then Henry Cole masterfully zooms back in from that sky, to a tree, to a house, to a window, all the way to the end where an adorable dog is taking a "little" nap.

In this ideal introduction to the concept of scale, young readers will love the lush illustrations of the animals, objects, and scenery of a farm, and they'll delight in seeing how something "big" can suddenly seem "little" with the turn of a page!
Publisher: New York : Little Simon, 2014.
ISBN: 9781442498976
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations ;,24 cm


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coloradobuck Aug 15, 2018

a great read for lots of different themes. opposites, big and little, with farm animals, bugs, flowers, dogs. The story compares 2 items by size per page. One item is big and one is little. On the next page, what was big is now little and it gets compared to something even bigger. Has Great illustrations.

VaughanPLTiziana Jun 21, 2018

Great book showing various sizes and perspectives with such colourful illustrations

VaughanPLSarahN Mar 23, 2017

This lesson on relative size is beautifully illustrated and will hold the attention of the very young.

ChristchurchLib May 25, 2015

How big is a big bug? It's all a matter of perspective. The ladybug at the beginning of this book looks absolutely HUGE…until our view pulls back to reveal the same ladybug, now looking tiny as it rests on a big leaf! And guess what happens when our view of the leaf is altered? Shifting points of view keep this concept book feeling fresh, and the eye-catching illustrations (which range from crisp close-ups to bright landscapes) reward close reading, making Big Bug a great choice for sharing and discussion. To play with perspective even further, pick up Istvan Banyai's Zoom or Anna Kang's You Are (Not) Small.

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BAIR Feb 11, 2015

A book that describes the concepts of big/little. Beautiful illustrations and simple words.

KCLS Ms. Jill Nov 25, 2014

Starting with the image of a ladybug that fills the page (big bug) the artist first moves us slowly away so that what was big becomes small; then the story reverses to find progressively smaller objects on the page. For younger audiences than ZOOM by Istvan Banyai (1995).

Jun 06, 2014

A great concept book for little ones on big, little and perspective.

mshimenosky May 30, 2014

This book offers a way to show kids about perspective. When you're up close the Ladybug is BIG but when you pull back she's small and the Dog is BIG.

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