Small World

Small World

When Nanda is born, the whole of her world is the circle of her mother?s arms. But as she grows, the world grows too. It expands outward?from her family, to her friends, to the city, to the countryside. And as it expands, so does Nanda?s wonder in the underlying shapes and structures patterning it: cogs and wheels, fractals in snowflakes. Eventually, Nanda?s studies lead h When Nanda is born, the whole of her world is the circle of her mother?s arms. But as she grows, the world grow...

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Title:Small World
Author:Ishta Mercurio
ISBN:Small World
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:32 pages pages

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  • Rebecca
    Aug 20, 2019
    A lyrical picture book about growing up -- as the world grows with you. Great depiction of a girl pursuing STEM interests, too. Illustrations by Jen Corace have nice geometric and circle motifs. "The art for this book was created with gouache, ink, and pencil on Rives BFK." ...
  • Kara
    Jul 23, 2019
    Stunning. ...
  • Deborah
    Aug 02, 2019
    Lyrically conveys the lovely idea that a world can be small and large at the same time. ...
  • Allie
    Jun 29, 2019
    Genuinely my new favorite picture book. The text is so lyrical, and hits just the right repetitive notes to be soothing but not annoying. I love the gentle journey Nanda goes through her entire life, and the illustrations fit really perfectly. I will definitely be looking for an opport...
  • Elisabeth
    Sep 03, 2019
    Loved this whole story and loved the illustrations. I found myself slowing down and taking time to really look at each page. Make sure you read the author's note of how she chose the name Nanda! ...
  • Tasha
    Jul 31, 2019
    Nanda was born into the circle of her mother?s loving arms. As she grew, her world grew too. It grew to include more circles, branches in trees, blocks, steel, and cogs. Her world got bigger as she traveled to college where she built her own helicopter and then became a pilot. Her wo...
  • Jennifer
    Feb 05, 2019
    The story is simple and the pictures fit it perfectly, but this one just didn't grab me. I think by being a picture book, the format misses its target audience. Obviously, it's meant to showcase the geometry and beauty of nature and the sky. It's meant to show the girl dreaming of bigg...
  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    Jun 06, 2019
    I liked this book so much. My only criticism (which isn't a real criticism) is that I wanted this to be a biography, a story that was at least based on a real person. I really appreciated the author's note as well. ...
  • Laura
    Sep 20, 2019
    In this poetic journey, a girl grows up and her world expands until she is both "bigger than she had ever been before" and a tiny speck in the star-filled universe. A glorious, unexpected circular story. ...
  • Krissy Neddo
    Jul 18, 2019
    I really liked it, but again it's a picture book that speaks to adults and readers older than its format. Possibly an end of fifth grade read/gift to encourage the graduates to keep reaching for bigger and better. I hurriedly finished it the first time I read it, hoping the back pages ...
  • Kelly
    Aug 28, 2019
    Very nice. ...
  • Bkrieth
    Jul 24, 2019
    I love the expanding scope and perspective of this book about how we can be both big and small at the sane time. Great female modeling inclusive of diverse cultures, and filled with interesting geometric and mathematical models. ...
  • Alice
    Aug 15, 2019
    3 stars ...
  • Jana
    Aug 13, 2019
    Young readers will enjoy considering being both big and small at the same time. When Nanda is born, her world is a small as she, a little baby in her mother's arms. But as Nanda grows, so does the world around her, and so does her ability to see and appreciate all of the patterns aroun...
  • Laurie Hnatiuk
    Jul 26, 2019
    A delightful book that will empower young readers to see that perspective, wonder and creativity play an important role in our lives. Nanda is small when she is born and we learn how small her world is from being just her mother and then extending out to her family. As Nanda grows so d...
  • Michelle (FabBookReviews)
    Aug 09, 2019
    Children's author Ishta Mercurio (Bite Into Bloodsuckers) and I Hatched illustrator Jen Corace join together to bring readers the wondrous and beautiful picture book Small World. A poetic look at one young girl's changing perspective and relationship to the natural world as she grows...
  • Pam
    Aug 25, 2019
    Readers see how their worlds expand as they grow up. The world begins as our mother's arms and expands to include the whole universe as we figure out our path in life. Beautiful illustrations show Mercurio's message. ...
  • Deanna
    Sep 10, 2019
    Loved this! Lyrical prose and beautiful art with hints as to where Nanda's story is headed! ...
  • Olivia
    Aug 20, 2019
    See my full review here: SMALL WORLD is a gorgeous celebration of growing up and following your dreams. When Nanda was born, her world was very small. As she got bigger and older, her world continues to grow, including more people and ideas. ...
  • Heather
    Aug 02, 2019
    This is a beautiful picture book about expanding horizons. ...
  • Mary
    Jul 19, 2019
    Really enjoyed the story and illustrations. Great read-aloud for 3-6 y/o about growing up and seeing the world. ...
  • Lorie
    Aug 06, 2019
    When Nanda is born her world is the cozy embrace of her mother, but as she grows her world increases in complexity until she sees earth as an adult from space. This picture book is a delicately woven story that symbolizes that our own personal world can be both big and small depending ...
  • Allan van der Heiden
    Jul 02, 2019
    Very short So short not worth the cost of the book but cute just too short the kids just get interested and it ends. ...
  • Alyssa Gudenburr
    Aug 25, 2019
    A beautiful book about dreams, space, and perspectives. Starts from small world in your mother's arms all the way to space. Then looking back on the Earth, the girl realizes her "big" world is actually small compared to the universe. This would make a great one-on-one story to encourag...
  • Julia Crainshaw
    Aug 28, 2019
    Through the first several pages, I thought this picture book was more for parents than children. However, by the end of the book, I felt it was a wonderful read for both groups. ...
  • Kim Chaffee
    Jul 11, 2019
    This story is one that you will be happy to read over and over when your child asks you to again and again. Mercurio?s charming, lyrical text partnered with Corace?s stunning art, make this STEM-themed story about Nanda and her growing world one you won?t want to miss. ...
  • Denise Menger
    Jul 25, 2019
    Growing up, ambitions, success, a positive environment Good graduation gift ...
  • Ben Truong
    Jul 19, 2019
    Small World is a children's picture book written by Ishta Mercurio and illustrated by Jen Corace, which tells the story of Nanda, a little girl, who grows up to be an astronaut. Mercurio's text is rather simplistic and straightforward. It chronicles the life of Nanda, from a infant ...
  • Monique Fields
    Aug 14, 2019
    Ishta shows us how a child's world expands as she grows older. The lyrical prose makes for a fun read as Nanda literally grows up on the book's pages. This one will surely inspire children to take risks and see the world. ...
  • Abigail
    Jul 03, 2019
    When Nanda is small, her world is as well, encompassed by her mother's cradling arms. As she grows, so too does her world, her horizons expanding as her knowledge and experience do. Growing up, going to college, eventually becoming an astronaut, she eventually sees the world as small a...