"When Tiny Was Tiny"

When Tiny Was Tiny (Easy-to-Read, Puffin)


Book: When Tiny Was Tiny

Author: Cari Meister 

Illustrator: Rich Davis

Publisher: Scholastic, republished in 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0613226196 (library binding)

ISBN-10: 0613226194 (library binding)

ISBN-13: 978-0439222013 (paperback)

ISBN-10: 043922201X (paperback)

Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Meister, CariWhen Tiny Was Tiny (published in 1999 by Puffin; republished in 2000 by Scholastic).  When our boys were young, they liked Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell.  In this affectionate pet story, Tiny is also a dog which was once small enough to fit in a child’s shoe or pocket but soon grows and grows to become enormous and now he towers over the boy.  As an early reading book, it has a minimal, repetitive text of simple vocabulary that is perfect for beginning readers who might be intimidated by a lengthier text, and there are clear, colorful, cartoon-like illustrations of a boy and his dog set on stark white backgrounds which add humorous touches as the dog becomes gigantic.   The elements of predictability and familiar words will encourage early readers and keep them interested.  Other books in the series include Tiny’s Bath, Tiny Goes to the Library, and Tiny Goes Camping.

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