This is a bilingual picture book. Unfortunately, I cannot read Spanish so I am only reviewing the English part.
So Big, a mammal, and Little Bit, a frog are friends even though they are not alike. The text explains their differences: brown and green, fur and no fur, mammal and amphibian, lives on land and lives on land and water, active during the day and active during the night, a heart with four chambers and a heart with three chambers, ears and only eardrums, focusing eyes and whole eye turning, first to walk on land and walking on land 100 million years later.
It ends with:
We do not have to be the same. We are friends… Just because we like each other.
The fictional message is about acceptance of differences but, as the child reads, an enormous amount of factual detail is presented. (I didn’t even know about the heart chambers.) There could be two types of follow-up discussions to this book. One could be about relationships and differences. Two could be about the animal kingdom and classification. Of course, the parent should try to draw out the fact that the child is also a mammal and not an amphibian.
The illustrations are big, black outlined, colorful, and simple. They have a happy, fun quality.
If you go to this page on The Little Fig website, you will find a coloring page you can download, a link to the accompanying song on YouTube, and the YouTube link to the book being read aloud in Spanish.
This is a wonderful product that addresses a need in picture books. Check out their other bi-lingual books while you’re there.
A copy of this book was generously donated by the author to my Little Free Library.
S.J. Bushue was interviewed on this blog on November 30, 2016.