When You Were Small

When You Were Small

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Baker & Taylor
Every night, Henry's father tells him stories about when he was small--as opposed to young--including times when he was used as an extra chess piece, walked a pet ant on a leash, and wore a thimble for a hat.

Perseus Publishing
When father puts young Henry to bed he always says "Dad, tell me about when I was small." His father complies, telling Henry how, when he was little, he used to be so tiny that he could take his pet ant out for a walk on a leash! What's more, he got his hair combed with a toothbrush and was such a little boy that he could even fit in his father's shirt pocket. Henry was so small that his father's original name for him, Hieronymous, wouldn't fit.

An enchanting, comic bedtime story that can make even the smallest child feel big, When You Were Small is the perfect book for children in a hurry to grow up.


Reasearch Associates
When father puts young Henry to bed he always says "Dad, tell me about when I was small." His father complies, telling Henry how, when he was little, he used to be so tiny that he could take his pet ant out for a walk on a leash! What's more, he got his hair combed with a toothbrush and was such a little boy that he could even fit in his father's shirt pocket. Henry was so small that his father's original name for him, Hieronymous, wouldn't fit.


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& Taylor

When a son asks to hear about when he was a small boy, his father tells him about the time when he was so small he could walk his pet ant on a leash, wear a thimble for a hat, and be carried around in his father's shirt pocket, in an imaginative bedtime tale with full-color illustrations.

Publisher: [Vancouver] : Simply Read Books, 2006
ISBN: 9781894965361
1894965361
Characteristics: [34] p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Morstad, Julie

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Tilda
Nov 22, 2010

This is such an attractive and stylish book (drawing is so fashionable at the moment) I was a bit suspicious. Would this be one of those books that, though is appeals to adults, doesn't really consider the interests and abilities of a younger audience?

Happily, I didn't find that was the case. The imaginative little scenarios that make up the book are really engaging and the drawings cleverly accentuate the simple, "factual" tone of the text. The drawings are very detailed but in a way that engages children's interest and rewards their talent for attention to detail. The muted palette of pale browns, greys and blues is very understated and rather pretty and makes the book unique when placed alongside other, more typically, vibrant children's books.

The story is a series of reminiscences from when Henry "was small". Based on his father's recollection Henry was small indeed - bathing in tea pots, sleeping in slippers and keeping a pet ant.

Children between three and five can enjoy all the little tableaus of Henry's small adventures but this book is also a homage to the reassuring narrative rituals that are shared within families. Very nice.

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lwd
Sep 17, 2009

A very funny story about a young boy and his dad; and their bedtime ritual.

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GGirl
Apr 20, 2009

I (mother) thought it was a cute book. My kids thought it was kind of interesting and funny and wondered the same about when they were young.
Easy reading for kids with simple illustrations on every page.
Short book.

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