Two So Small

Two So Small

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A gentle story about a brave little boy and his goat who, after many wrong turns, meet a baby giant in need of their help. In order to fully capture the size of the giants, Two So Small features an extra-large fold-out picture at the story's end.

A long time ago, a boy sets out to visit his grandmother. His father sternly warns him against leaving their small land, giving him specific directions to Grandmother's house: "under the bridge, around the trees, left at the big rock, in front of the waterfall, and over the hill." The boy hitches his goat to the cart and they are on their way. When they reach the bridge, he can't remember the right way. He asks his goat, but she is nibbling sweet grass and doesn't answer. Beside her, he finds something long and round like a rope and puts it into the cart, and off they go over the bridge.

Next they come to some trees. Here he discovers something round and shiny like a dinner plate. Into the cart he places it and off they continue through the trees. At last they reach a big rock and again, the boy can't remember the way and the goat provides no help! But there, on the ground, is something pointed and colorful like a tent. He folds it up and puts it in the cart.

At the waterfall, they discover something squishy and lumpy like a jellyfish and add it to their growing collection of souvenirs. Things are beginning to become peculiar as enormous weeds surround them and the trees are taller than any near home. They go on their way, behind the waterfall, over the hill, and there on the other side is...a great big baby.

It is a baby giant -- a very sad, very big baby giant with one shoe half-off, a mixed-up shirt, a sunburned nose and an empty baby bottle. The boy is at first afraid, but he feels sorry for the sad baby and decides to help. From the cart the boy takes the rope, and soon the baby's shoe is back on. The 'dinner plate' makes an excellent button, and they neatly fasten the baby's shirt with it. The tent turns out to be a giant baby's hat, and the squishy jellyfish thing belongs on the end of a giant baby bottle, which is quickly filled with sweet goat's milk.

As the sun sets, the goat, the boy and the baby curl up and fall asleep. Mama giant finds them like this and, suspicious at first, soon recognizes all they have done for her lost child. "All done by two so small," she smiles, gathers them up in her hand and lifts them back into the land of humans.

Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, 2000
ISBN: 9781550376500
1550376500
Branch Call Number: J 398 .2 HUT
Characteristics: [32] p. :,col. ill. ;,30 cm
Additional Contributors: Ohi, Ruth

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