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So Light, So Heavy

Written & illustrated by Susanne Strasser
Published by Charlesbridge
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Elephant is so heavy, and all the other animals are so light. How will the seesaw ever go up and down?

Toddlers will be drawn in by repetition, opposites, humor, and an unexpected twist in this board book story about Elephant’s quest to get the seesaw to teeter. A cast of friendly animals—who are all so light—try to help move the seesaw, but Elephant’s side won’t budge. He’s so heavy. Then what happens when a child swoops in with other plans? Short, simple, and memorable, this board book offers a satisfying story arc.

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English Degree, Former SAHM, Grammy Extraordinare
5.5 / 7.0

It looks like an opposites book, but really it is a physics lesson told in bright colors with expressive animals which are expectant, anxious, hopeful, and exuberant by turns. For younger readers, there is a butterfly fluttering on each page to search for and point out. Suspense builds as, one by one, animals hop onto the teeter-totter opposite the weight of the elephant. This book is great on the basic story level and even better as a jumping off point to talk about and experiment with weights and balance.

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Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader
5.0 / 7.0

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Susanne Strasser

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Publication Date:
January 9, 2018
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