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A Small Surprise

by Louise Yates

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A Small Surprise, by Louise Yates, was a cute book with little to it. Much of the book was pictures with limited text. The big picture of the text was not to judge things by their size. I thought this was a good book and I found it very cute and funny. One of my favorite things about the book is the pictures. The pictures are very colorful and vivid. A majority of the story is told through the pictures. With little text the images are much needed and do very well to project the story. Another part of this story I like would be the characters. While none of the characters, other than the bunny, are introduced, they are all prevalent in the story. Each character saves, helps, or cheers the rabbit on. The next part of the story I enjoyed was the plot, there was not much of a story line but there is a great idea. The story line was short and sweet and lead to a great big picture. I really enjoyed how each page described a small part of the story. The last part of the story I enjoyed was how the text was put on the page. Unlike normal picture books the text in this book was written on angels and in different sizes and patterns. The text draws in readers and really keeps you reading. As we discussed in class "the text pulls you through the book, pulls you forward." ( )
  babshe1 | Oct 21, 2013 |
This was an excellent book. The story was great and I think the pictures would help any child become excited about it. The moral is be who you are because your role is just as important as another persons. Just because you might not be able to do it all does not mean what you can't do isn't good enough. ( )
  YMcMillion | Sep 8, 2012 |
The title page of A Small Surprise features a small white rabbit reading a flyer that says "Jobs available, small animals need not apply." The bunny is determined to be a part of the circus, even though he is small. He explains that he is too small to do many things like tie his own shoes, blow his own nose, or walk a long way without taking a rest. Yet the bunny has some magic of his own, because of his tiny stature, and ultimately lands himself a spot under the big top.
The illustrations are done with watercolors and crayons and will be simple enough for the target audience of preschoolers, who are probably also too small to tie their shoes. The circus animals are cartoony, but have very vivid expressions. Each page has no more than one sentence, and the word "small" is in very fancy font every time it appears, to highlight the thrill of tinyness. The suspenseful game of hide and seek at the end would make this a fun choice for a toddler or preschool storytime. ( )
  meteowrite | Nov 5, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375856986, Hardcover)

A triumphant and endearing tale to tickle the smallest listeners.

A very small bunny wants to join the circus and is not put off by a sign reading “Small Animals Need Not Apply.” Though he is too small to wipe his nose or tie his shoes or walk far without a rest, he is not too small to make a BIG impression on the lion, the orangutan, and the other big animals of this circus troupe. This buoyant little tale is at turns funny, endearing, clever—and just right for the smallest child in any family. The brief text and expressive illustrations are great fun to share with a preschooler.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:34:19 -0400)

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A little rabbit, too small even to wipe his own nose, is just the right size to do one very special thing.

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