When You Were Small

When You Were Small

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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.

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This critically acclaimed, award-winning picture book, from powerhouse talents Julie Morstad and Sara O'Leary, is now available in paperback!
This award-winning picture book is now available in paperback! All children like to hear stories about when they were small. In this charming story, part of the popular The Henry Books series by Sara O'Leary and Julie Morstad, a young boy and his father reminisce together before bedtime. For chidren there is a whole period of their life that they can not remember and, for all they know, it could have been the most magical time of their life.

The hardcover edition of When You Were Small won the 2007 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, won First Prize at the 2007 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design, was shortlisted for the 2007 Amelia Frances Howard-GIbbon Illustrator's Award, and was a 2007 CanWest Raise a Reader Beginning Reader Pick.

The other two titles in The Henry Books series include When I Was Small and Where You Came From.

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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: 9781772290080
Characteristics: [34] p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Morstad, Julie


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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.

Sep 17, 2009

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

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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