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Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life
Contributor(s): Nolen, Jerdine (Author), Nelson, Kadir (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0689868669     ISBN-13: 9780689868665
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2005
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Annotation: When normal-sized Hewitt is born into the Anderson family--a family of giants--the Andersons' lives are turned upside-down. It's up to Hewitt to show all the generations of the Andersons the power of being small. Full color.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Self-esteem & Self-reliance
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - Parents
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places - United States - African-american
Dewey: E
LCCN: 98014039
Age Level: 5-8
Grade Level: Kindergarten-3
Lexile Measure: 980 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Series: Paula Wiseman Books
Physical Information: 0.39" H x 9.28" W x 11.38" L (1.01 lbs) 40 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
Features: Dust Cover, Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product
Awards: Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, Recommended, Up to Seven, 2006
Review Citations: Multicultural Review 09/01/2005 pg. 102
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2005 pg. 284 - Below Average, With Minor Flaw
Black Issues Book Review 11/01/2005 pg. 47
Ingram Children's Advance 01/01/2005 pg. 35
Kirkus Review - Children 12/15/2004 pg. 1206
Booklist 12/15/2004 pg. 731
Ebony 02/01/2005 pg. 28
Publishers Weekly 01/24/2005 pg. 243
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 02/01/2005 pg. 260
Black Issues Book Review 03/01/2005 pg. 66
School Library Journal 05/01/2005 pg. 92
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 85044
Reading Level: 5.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Publisher Description:
Young Hewitt Anderson is sweet, smart, polite--and very, very small. This warmly humorous tale is "proof that, when it comes to heart, physical size isn't the whole story" (Kirkus Reviews).

Descended from a long line of giants, the J. Carver Worthington Andersons take their height very seriously indeed. You see, without exception all of the many J. Carver Worthington Andersons have been giants until now. And poor Hewitt--hidden in the floorboards, trapped in the flour vat, lost in the bedsheets--has his struggles being tiny. Oh, his parents worry: How will their son manage to live in a world of big things? Leave it to Hewitt to prove the power of being small.

Inspired by the tale of "Jack and the Beanstalk," the inimitable Jerdine Nolen tells an original story of bravery and the power of the individual. Kadir Nelson's imaginative and loving illustrations create a world where smallness rules--a world that children will want to return to again and again.

Contributor Bio(s): Nolen, Jerdine: - Jerdine Nolen is the beloved author of many award-winning books, including Big Jabe; Thunder Rose, a Coretta Scott King Illlustrator Honor Book; and Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life, a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, all illustrated by Kadir Nelson. She is also the author of Eliza's Freedom Road, illustrated by Shadra Strickland, which was an ALA/YALSA Best Fiction Nominee for Young Adults; Raising Dragons, illustrated by Elise Primavera, which received the Christopher Award; and Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, illustrated by Mark Buehner, which was made into a movie by the same name. Her other books include Calico Girl, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and Irene's Wish, illustrated by A.G. Ford, which Kirkus Reviews called "delightful and memorable" in a starred review. Ms. Nolen is an educator and lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.Nelson, Kadir: - Kadir Nelson is an award-winning American artist whose works have been exhibited in major national and international publications, institutions, art galleries, and museums. Nelson is the illustrator of many beloved, award-winning, and bestselling picture books including, We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, winner of the Coretta Scott King and Robert F. Sibert Award; Thunder Rose, written by Jerdine Nolen, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award; Ellington Was Not a Street, written by Ntozake Shange, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life, written by Jerdine Nolen, which won the 2005 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal; and Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli called "stunning" by Kirkus Reviews in a starred review. He is also the illustrator of Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan's Salt in His Shoes and Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee's Please, Baby, Please and Please, Puppy, Please. Kadir Nelson lives in Los Angeles.
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