We are the Little Guys. Yes, we are small. But there are a lot of us.Together we are strong, and we can get all we need.The Little Guys might be small, but they aim to be mighty. As they head off to find breakfast, they can conquer anything through teamwork--cross deep waters, dig through obstacles, and climb the tallest trees. Nothing can stop them! But as they begin to amass more than they need, the creatures in the forest ponder--what happens when no one can stop the Little Guys?This slyly funny and rambunctious read-aloud explores how strength in numbers only works when the whole community unites together.
"Yes, we are small!! But there are a LOT of us!!! In simply drawn cartoon scenes, Caldecott Honor Book author-illustrator Brosgol sends a line of tiny, bearded gnomes, sporting acorn caps over comical Kilroy was here -style noses, through a peaceful forest, stripping the berry bushes and despoiling the larders of chipmunks and other, larger forest creatures. None for you! All for us! Hand it over to the Little Guys! Perched at last atop an immense, tottering pile of plunder, the pirates proudly declare they have everything moments before an attempt to snatch one last little berry from one last little bird brings the whole stash crashing down into the river. But rather than letting the Little Guys be swept away, their former victims gather to pull them out, demonstrating a generosity of spirit that sparks a profound change of attitude in the shivering mites: We have all we need, and together as they stand atop one another's shoulders in the closing picture to feed, rather than rob, a family of nestlings we are strong. The animals' willingness to forgive the Little Guys their trespasses adds a peacemaking element to this pointed exploration of the notion that collective action without a moral foundation just becomes mob rule.--John Peters Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Caldecott Honor-winner Brosgol brings her marvelous story-making perspective down to the forest floor, home to a band of diminutive creatures with acorn caps, red noses, full-body beards, and stick arms and legs. "Yes, we are small," the Little Guys explain, ranged on the shore of their tiny island. "But there are a lot of us." At first, they represent a paragon of cooperative labor. They gather food, standing atop each other to scavenge berries from a shrub ("We can find enough food for all of us") and burrowing into a fox's winter stores ("Nothing stops the Little Guys!"). They're actually quite obnoxious, as readers will start to realize ("None for you! All for us!"). After they hoard a forest's worth of resources and prepare to snatch a single final berry from the mouth of a songbird, they suffer a noisy downfall. Brosgol introduces an unexpected idea-sometimes, collective power makes bullies out of pipsqueaks-and adds a clever, collaborative resolution. The Little Guys' faces are all beard, so the story's emotional arc is conveyed by other creatures' reactions, along with action lines and big, comic-style lettering. Expertly paced and very funny, this readaloud doesn't go quite where readers think it will. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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