Friday, July 19, 2019

Litttle + Little = Big

Picture Book: Little Elliot Big City
Author & Illustrator: Mike Curato
Summary: The city is big and scary, especially for an unusual little elephant named Elliot.  
But Elliot loves his city, even when his size and the crowds are not a good match, like when he is easily stepped on and pushed aside.
Many tasks are difficult, such as catching a cab. 
 But sometimes Elliot is very clever 
and solves problems on his own.   
Because of his size, Elliot especially enjoys small things, 
particularly cupcakes!
But he is too often overlooked at the bakery counter! NO CUPCAKES! 
Elliot's disappointment leads him to nearly miss an even smaller creature, a mouse, who also is having trouble getting food because of being small. 
Elliot listens to mouse's tale of hunger 
and quickly helps.  
A fast friendship is formed in which each of the little guys helps the other. 
In this way, the good things in life are more accessible and joyful, 
like cupcakes and so much more! 
Hanna’s Comments: This is the first of the Little Elliott series of books. Right now there are 3 others. All encourage deep connections and have illustrations that hearken back to the 1930's. In one story, Elliot finds a family in the big lonely city and in another, Mouse helps Elliot with his fears at an amusement park. The best part of these books is how easily an audience of children will relate. Like Elliot, they struggle with being too small or young or unable or not seen. If you have children in your group who have disabilities, consider their perspectives and levels of sensitivity. You might need to let them know of your plans and even ask them to share their perspective and experiences. And check out Jessica's Box, a beautiful PBT tale about a child in a wheelchair longing for new friends. Not being noticed is a spiritual issue. All humans (and apparently little elephants too!) are worthy of attention and love. God has desires for us to have encouraging friendships in which we build each other up and out for joy and service.  
Original Publisher & Date: Henry Holt, 2014
Age & Grade Appropriateness: 3 and up, Pre and up
Formats other than Book: Tablet
Scripture Connections: A scripture about someone small (i.e. Zacchaeus in Luke 19 or the boy who gave loaves & fishes in John 6);  Made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26); Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil… (Ecclesiastes 4:9); God has plans for our welfare, not evil, to give us a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11); where two or three are gathered... (Matthew 18:20); The Body of Christ (Romans 12:4-5); …you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:18); Encourage one another and build one another up (1 Thessalonians 5:11); Behold what manner of love God has given to us that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1)
Idea(s) for Application: This book is perfect for talking about God's desire for strong, supportive, and encouraging connections within faith families, especially between those who are small or disadvantaged such as those with disabilities or the elderly.    

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