The Book of Small

The Book of Small

Book - 2004
Average Rating:
Rate this:

The legendary Emily Carr was acclaimed as both an artist and a writer. Her first book, Klee Wyck , won the prestigious Governor General's Literary Award for non-fiction in 1941.

The Book of Small is a collection of thirty-six word sketches in which Emily Carr relates anecdotes about her life as a young girl in the frontier town of Victoria. She notes: "There were a great many things that I only half understood, such as saloons and the Royal Family and the Chain Gang." The young Emily, who gave herself the nickname " Small ," was an intense, observant and sensitive yet rebellious child, who often got into scrapes because of her frankness or innocence. The vividly told stories reveal an awareness of the comedy -- and pathos -- of people and situations. The also offer an intimate look into childhood in a pioneer society in Victorian Times. The Book of Small is a classic memoir of early childhood and a wonderful addition to The Emily Carr Library .

In her empathetic and engaging introduction, award-winning children's writer Sarah Ellis puts The Book of Small into the context of Emily Carr's life and times, which, she points out, have similarities to those of Lucy Maud Montgomery and Beatrix Potter.

Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, c2004
ISBN: 9781553650553
Branch Call Number: 921 CAR
Characteristics: 206 p. :,ill., port. ;,21 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Mar 15, 2016

Tender but not nostalgic, and a bit quaint, this little book of childhood reminiscences is a tiny delight. Sentences like "yellow eyes of musk blossoms peeped from crannies" (page 92) peep up every two or three pages.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 22, 2013

“Small roamed beach and woods, the dog with her always. Owning him was better even than she had dreamed.” Who was Small? She was the embodiment of Emily Carr’s childhood—a phantom child. In this collection of vignettes, the reader sees life in Victoria, BC, at the end of the last century, as observed by a little girl of intense imagination. Delightful and memorable storytelling.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at PMPL

To Top