I Am Small – Qin Leng

I Am Small by Qin Leng

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: October 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Recommended Age: 4+
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Friendship, Family


In her authorial debut, award-winning illustrator Qin Leng has crafted a delightful picture book with a fresh twist on the themes of self-acceptance, growing up, and the arrival of a new sibling.


I could just melt right here, right now. It may be cold outside, but who needs gloves, a scarf or a hat when you can just hold this book and be warmed all over instantly?

This is the little tale of Mimi, who is the smallest in her family, class, neighbourhood… the world? It sure feels like it to her. It bothers her to be so different from everybody else—not even taller than her dog! She can’t experience life the same way as other people and that’s something she really wants.

But then her friends help her realize that being small—different in general—isn’t so bad. There are still many things Mimi can do that her entourage can’t so there might be amazing perks to being her height and having the ability to go unnoticed.

It’s a touching picture book with a warming ending. It’s a story for all of those out there who feel like they don’t belong, like there’s something wrong with them, like they need to conform. The world may be made for people of a certain height, but Mimi might just make it in this world nonetheless. All it takes is supportive friends and family members and a positive outlook on life.


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