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A traditional African American tale about a tiny man who leaves home to become the biggest, loudest, meanest creature in the forest, but a wise owl shows him the foolishness of his wish
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Towered over by rabbits and toads, a tiny African American man longs to be "the biggest, the loudest, the meanest creature in all the forest." He asks a horse how he got to be so big; although he follows the horse's advice "to eat buckets of corn and run at least twenty miles," it leaves him even shorter than before. When a wise owl takes the man for a flight and shows him how all creatures are equally small from that heightened perspective, the little man makes peace with his size. Miller's (Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree) well-paced, amiable retelling of this African American folktale is a little overwhelmed by Glidden's high-intensity dye-on-silk illustrations, which fully occupy each spread. The draftsmanship and composition can be rudimentary, but the brilliance of the hues-densely saturated ultramarines, turquoises, ochres-compels attention. Some will find it gauche; others will enjoy its boldness. Ages 4-7.
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A traditional African-American folktale retold by the author of Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree (1994, not reviewed), about a little man who wants to become bigger, louder, and meaner than he is. The horse and the bull give him wrong-headed advice; he nearly abandons all hope before an owl shows him that everyone looks knee-high from the top of a tree. The moral is old, but its formulation here is unusually well-told, embellished with selected colloquialisms. The illustrations have a mysterious glassy glow; the knee-high man, however, doesn't really come across as knee-high. (Picture book. 5-9) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Gibbs Smith, 1996. Condition: New. Roberta Glidden (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0879056347