Big Bear Little Chair is in perfect form with big height, little width found in Lizi Boyd’s presentation of a uplifting story of opposites. The hues of black and white with touches of red allow the reader to focus on the size of the images and not get distracted by multiple colors. The images contrasted are not limited to just animals, but animal to objects and objects to objects.
Halfway through the book we get three types of comparisons: big, little and tiny. The tiny drawings offered a level of intricacy and humor to the book. Although the drawings are simple in nature, they offer the visual contrast to help teach the concept of opposites. Seeing a tiny red hat placed upon the head of a big black and white penguin was funny–to both myself and my two children who gladly help me review children’s books. (They tell me they are experts due to their age!)
In the classroom:
Big Bear Little Chair makes checking off Kindergarten Common Core State Standard Literacy number 7 easy. This standard wants kindergarteners to describe relationships between illustrations and the story. Due to the comparisons in the text, a teacher can easily prompt students to establish a relationship between the zebra and the broom he is holding (among others found in the text.) Further conversation can be supported by placing a diagram on your classroom board with a chart with the 5 W’s. Help your student establish the relationship between the big, the little and the tiny by completing the chart on your board. This would make a good addition to the classroom library and an easy way to check off a CCSS.
Big Bear Little Chair by Lizi Boyd (Chronicle Books | 9781452144474 | October 6, 2015)