When I Was Small, written by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Julie Morstad
Being fascinated with small things starts when we are small. Looking into a patch of grass and imagining a whole world of ants and bugs: a tiny world. The Borrowers were small. The Smurfs. The Oompa-Looompas. The Lilliputians in Gulliver’s Travels. Hey, My Little Pony and Matchbox Cars too.
For author Sara O’Leary it started with The Friendly Giant, a Canadian television show she watched in childhood. (She’s the author of When I Was Small and two other picture books starring Henry, including When You Were Small).
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She says: “The show’s intro features a little model village…the camera pans along to an enormous booth and then up to the giant who invites you into his castles where waiting by the fire are three chairs (made absurdly tiny by the scale of his gigantic hand).”
‘One little chair for one of you, and a bigger chair for two more to curl up in, and for someone who likes to rock, a rocking chair in the middle,’ the giant says to viewers.
“When I started telling stories to my own boys I think part of me harkened back to that feeling I had when I was small–that feeling of wishing to be very small indeed, small enough to curl up in a tiny chair in an imaginary castle and play make-believe.”-Sara O’Leary
In When You Were Small, Henry asks what he was like when he was small. In When I Was Small, still curious, Henry asks his mother what she was like when she was small. It’s not exactly what you’d expect. They weren’t just small back then. They were TINY. It’s pretty wonderful to imagine yourself or someone else that teeny. So tiny that yarn is jump rope and a single raspberry is a feast.
The book (and its companions) with illustrations by uber talented Julie Morstad, is charming and so full of whimsy! It beautifully captures a child’s perspective, imagination, and fantasy. A little one is already so small compared to big things around them. But also big compared to tiny ones. What fun to play with scale!
Inspired by “The World’s Most Beautiful Miniature Books,” author Sara O’Leary, amazing person that she is, made her own miniature When You Were Small cover. Amazing right?
And Etsy has a treasure chest full of miniature objects I didn’t imagine existed. But they do!
(In honor of one of my favorite authors.)
A GEOMETRIC IRIDESCENT RAINBOW HOUSE
image: Robin Mitchell Cranfield book design
Oh my goodness! That lemon cake and that tennis racket!
When I was a kid, there was this store in NYC called “Think Big” that had a bunch of normal stuff, just huge. I remember being SO fascinated by the pencil — it was maybe 6 feet long. I wanted it so much. It seemed like the world’s coolest house decoration. I need to go see if these still exist.
Just to follow up (on something that only I care about), Think Big went out of business, but you can still get the giant pencils here: http://www.greatbigstuff.com/products/dixon-pencil I…am…tempted.
Ahahahahaha. Amazing! I think you should definitely have a giant pencil!
I kind of think I do need one. They also make giant erasers. WHICH ONE IS A BETTER METAPHOR?
For reality, probably the eraser, right? But I think a pencil makes better and more inspiring decor. 🙂
Hmm. Just realized the eraser says, “I never make misteaks” on it, which offends my sensibilities on some level. It IS a real eraser, though, which is cool. http://www.greatbigstuff.com/collections/office-art-supplies/products/pink-eraser
Thank you so much for including my Miniature Icing scene. I thoroughly enjoyed your blog post on miniatures :o) Hugs, Roxanne Fern, BakingInMiniature
Your mini icing scene is delicious!!
Thanks so much for doing this, Danielle. It’s perfectly lovely. The only downside is my now pressing need for lemon cake!
If that’s the only downside, then I’m immensely happy. You’re welcome, Sara. Thank YOU. Cheers to your books!
Oh, swoon. So much swoon.
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