Synopses & Reviews
andlt;Bandgt;Young Hewitt Anderson is his parents' pride and joy, and they love him so. Hewitt is sweet, smart, polite -- everything a boy could be -- except Hewitt is small...very small...teeny-weeny, in fact.andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Descended from a long line of giants, the J. Carver Worthington Andersons take their height very seriously indeed. You see, without exception all of the many J. Carver Worthington Andersons have been giants until now. And poor Hewitt -- hidden in the floorboards, trapped in the flour vat, lost in the bedsheets -- has his struggles being tiny. Oh, his parents worry: How will their son manage to live in a world of big things? Leave it to Hewitt to prove the power of being small. andlt;BRandgt; Inspired by the tale of "Jack and the Beanstalk," the inimitable Jerdine Nolen tells an original story of bravery and the power of the individual. Kadir Nelson's imaginative and loving illustrations create a world where smallness rules -- a world that children will want to return to again and again.
"As far as the J. Carver Worthington Andersons, descendants of giants, were concerned, 'big things were best!' But when their son Hewitt is born normal human size, the Andersons learn to shift their perspective, in this feel-good tall tale from the creators of Big Jabe. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson can't quite understand why Hewitt doesn't measure up, size-wise, but 'they adored their puny, frail, delicate bundle of joy' and spent long hours worrying about him and helping him to have 'a big life with big things in it!' Hewitt loves curling up in the palm of his father's hand and riding on the brim of his mother's bonnet. And best of all, the fellow's size is a bonus in several instances when he is able to save his parents from trouble. Gradually, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson come to understand that 'Hewitt was perfect just as he was.' Nolan revels in using descriptive and often rollicking turns of phrase to establish her larger-than-life scenes and characters. But as always, she infuses the proceedings with a warmth and lighthearted humor that makes her tale universally appealing. Nelson's depictions of the dark-skinned mountain-like Mr. and Mrs. Anderson and their comparatively tiny boy provide a strong yet fanciful backdrop for the tale. His supersaturated oil paintings feature a playful approach to size, scale and perspective that will instantly hook young readers. Ages 5-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
When normal-sized Hewitt is born into the Anderson family--a family of giants--the Andersons' lives are turned upside-down. It's up to Hewitt to show all the generations of the Andersons the power of being small. Full color.
About the Author
Jerdine Nolen is the author of many award-winning books for children, including andlt;iandgt;Elizaand#8217;s Freedom Roadandlt;/iandgt;, illustrated by Shadra Strickland; andlt;iandgt;Raising Dragons,andlt;/iandgt; illustrated by Elise Primavera, which received the Christopher Award; and andlt;iandgt;Harvey Potterand#8217;s Balloon Farm,andlt;/iandgt; illustrated by Mark Buehner, which won the Kentucky Bluegrass Award. She and Kadir Nelson collaborated on andlt;iandgt;Thunder Roseandlt;/iandgt;, which andlt;iandgt;School Library Journalandlt;/iandgt; called and#8220;a wonderful tale of joy and loveand#8221;; and andlt;iandgt;Hewitt Andersonand#8217;s Great Big Lifeandlt;/iandgt;, which received the Society of Illustratorsand#8217; Gold Medal. Jerdine Nolen lives with her family in Ellicott City, Maryland.andlt;Bandgt;Kadir Nelsonandlt;/Bandgt; is the widely acclaimed illustrator of many books for children, including andlt;iandgt;Thunder Rose,andlt;/iandgt; written by Jerdine Nolen, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award; andlt;iandgt;Ellington Was Not a Street,andlt;/iandgt; written by Ntozake Shange, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; and andlt;iandgt;Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life,andlt;/iandgt; written by Jerdine Nolen, which won the 2005 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. He is also the illustrator of Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordanand#8217;s andlt;iandgt;Salt in His Shoesandlt;/iandgt; and Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee's andlt;iandgt;Please, Baby, Pleaseandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Please, Puppy, Pleaseandlt;/iandgt;. Kadir Nelson lives with his family in San Diego, California.