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In the Small, Small Pond

In the Small, Small Pond

Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming

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Caldecott Honor Book


Denise Fleming's book gives young readers a frog's-eye view of life in a pond throughout the seasons.

In the Small, Small Pond is a 1994 Caldecott Honor Book.

ALA Notable Children's Books, School Library Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Caldecott Honor Book, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award, Ohioana Book Award


Praise for In the Small, Small Pond

“The animals and insects that live on and in frshwater pond wiggle, waddle, hover, swoop and swirl through the stunning spreads... Young children are introduced to the basic habits of common North American wildlife and the characteristics of changing seasons even as they are treated to an array of zipper verbs.” —Publisher's Weekly, starred review

“Another truly stunning picture book from Fleming.... A perfect book for toddlers at story time.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“[A] perfect introduction to nature for the very young.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Denise Fleming; illustrations by Denise Fleming

Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many children's books, including In the Tall, Tall Grass, Shout! Shout It Out!, and Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. Denise published her first painting in the third grade, when she started taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and one of her paintings was chosen to be the cover of a teacher's magazine. She now works primarily with paper, by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.

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