Little and Big (Hardcover)

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Little and Big (Hardcover)

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In the rainforest of Madagascar, two lemurs–one little and one big–take turns wishing to be more like the other, in this lush, poignant picture book about life with a sibling.

It’s nighttime in the rainforest, and when Mama tells young Faly to shut his eyes, he objects. “Only if Mahandry sleeps, too,” he tells his mother.  “But I am bigger than you, Faly,” answers the older lemur brother. “I am allowed to go to bed later.” Thus begins a spirited back-and-forth and a family gambol that brings a mama and her two lemur sons from the hollow of their tree to a dangerous wide river crossing to a slippery rushing waterfall and eventually to a tall tree filled with orchids to snack on. And with each step, the brothers notice who gets help from mama or who gets the kind of independence that comes with being big. Each child desires both, and each child quietly reflects throughout on why he would rather be more like the other. No matter, it always seems true to one brother that the other has the advantage.

Anne Gutman’s poignant tale of siblings seesawing through a typical day en famille rings with truth, humor, and sensitivity. Georg Hallensleben's paintings of the rainforest in pinks, browns, and greens are a feast for the eyes and a treat for nature fans, and especially for young readers being introduced to the magic of the rainforest and its inhabitants for the first time.
Anne Gutman was a book designer before teaming up with her husband, Georg Hallensleben, to write stories. She is the author of the bestselling Gaspard and Lisa picture book series, published in more than 15 countries, as well as the Daddy Hugs and Mommy Kisses series. She lives in Paris with her husband, Georg Hallensleben and their two children.

Georg Hallensleben is a painter and children’s book illustrator. He is best known for the Gaspard and Lisa series, Baboon, and If the Moon Could Talk, which won the 1998 Boston Globe-Hornbook Award. His books have been published in more than 15 countries. Georg was born in Germany but makes his home in Paris with his wife and collaborator, Anne Gutman, and their two kids.
Product Details ISBN: 9781662640483
ISBN-10: 166264048X
Publisher: Hippo Park
Publication Date: November 5th, 2024
Pages: 48
Language: English