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Reviewed by JB McPherson for Readers' Favorite
It’s Just So… Little by Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco is a delicious picture book in rhyme that follows the story of Lizzy as she cares for a baby tree and awaits the birth of a sister or brother. Lizzy’s enthusiasm for life and compassion for the little tree instantly endear her to readers. She also likes to make up words like “Gigantonormous” and “Electra-dazzle-riffic,” which will delight child readers. Her faithful dog gets in on the action—helping her save the baby tree and celebrating each of the seasons as they pass.
The illustrations add an intriguing dimension as days pass and the seasons are represented in whimsical pictures of autumn, winter, spring and summer. Children will enjoy picking out details of Christmas lights and spring bunnies. I especially enjoyed the suspense when Lizzy worried that her tree would not grow, and then finally her care was rewarded with the first buds. Of course, the best suspense was the anticipation of the new baby, who turns out to be a … brother!
This book is a celebration of change—there are changing seasons, changing sizes (as Lizzy outgrows her jacket and boots), and changing family dynamics. But through it all, Lizzy’s zest for life inspires a happy embracing of new things. One of the best gifts that we can give our children is the ability to welcome and enjoy the adventure of change. It’s Just So… Little is an electra-dazzle-riffic picture book that inspires children to grow and enjoy all the changes, big and little!