Small but Mighty

Life with Elizabeth

Children - Fable
56 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2023
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Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite

Small but Mighty: Life with Elizabeth by Nonny and Elizabeth is an empowering picture book for young children. Four-year-old Elizabeth is having a bad day. She desperately wants to help her mom and brothers. But every time she offers her help, they tell her she's too small, and this makes Elizabeth feel sad and a bit useless. Fortunately for Elizabeth, her Nonny has a special story that shows her that even as a small girl, she is important and useful in her way. After hearing Nonny's story, Elizabeth feels a little better, but what makes her feel happy is what happens later that day. What do you think changed Elizabeth's view of herself? Find out in this book.

Small but Mighty is a beautifully written book by the talented Nonny and Elizabeth. The story melted my heart from the moment I began reading and by the end, I had tears in my eyes. I loved the way that the authors told the story from a young girl's perspective because it helped me imagine the situation as if it was happening in real life. Children are bound to feel less than capable at some point in their young lives, but I feel comforted knowing books like these exist to show them just how special and important they are, no matter how big or small they may be. The illustrations are adorable and fit perfectly with the book. I hope these authors continue to write such wonderful books. Keep up the great work.

Savannah Aldridge

Small But Mighty by Nonny and Elizabeth is a wonderful retelling of an ancient fable. Four-year-old Elizabeth feels frustrated and left out—she wants to help her mother and older brothers, but it seems she messes up everything, so her family tells her she is too small to join in their tasks. Nonny comforts Elizabeth with a story about someone else who was too small but saved the day: a field mouse spared by a mighty lion and who became the only one able to save the lion from a trap. Nonny encourages Elizabeth that she will one day be the one to help another being because of her small size. Sure enough, Elizabeth comes upon an important predicament that her mother and brothers are too big to solve, and Elizabeth proves that even though she is small, she is mighty.

Small But Mighty is an excellent way to introduce young readers to a timeless truth. I loved seeing Elizabeth’s story paralleled in Aesop’s “The Lion and the Mouse” fable that older readers will surely have heard but may never have applied. This book is illustrated with vibrant watercolors of Elizabeth’s world and the animal kingdom, which will enchant the audience. The clarity of this story and the simplicity of its language makes it an excellent book for children to comprehend the deeper lesson of not judging someone’s ability based on their size. An excellent addition to your small but mighty reader’s shelf.

Maria Victoria Beltran

Small but Mighty: Life with Elizabeth is a heartwarming children's fable by Nonny and Elizabeth. This charming tale follows the adventures of Elizabeth, a lively four-year-old girl who offers to help her mother and brothers around the house. But they tell her she is too small to help, which makes her sad. Nonny comforts her by telling her the fable about a little mouse and a magnificent lion, the king of the jungle. In the fable, the little mouse is trapped and asks for help from the mighty lion. The mouse promises the lion that she will repay the favor one day, which the lion finds ridiculous. The lion sets the mouse free and returns to his castle without expecting anything. Can the little mouse save the lion one day and keep her promise?

Nonny and Elizabeth’s Small but Mighty is an engaging children's book that shares important life lessons for everyone, highlighting the importance of determination, belief in oneself, and the value of small but meaningful actions. Beautifully illustrated by LW Young, the story’s delightful characters come to life. The literary writing style is simple yet effective for a young audience. Reading this story to youngsters teaches that size should never be a limitation and even the smallest among us can make a significant impact. Young readers can relate to Elizabeth with her innocence, curiosity, and unwavering spirit. Small but Mighty is a captivating tale that inspires us to embrace our uniqueness and discover our inner strength.