So Light, So Heavy Book
So Light, So Heavy Book
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So Light, So Heavy

Written and illustrated by Susanne Strasser

Published by Charlesbridge


Publisher's Summary

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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  • Age Range: 0-3
  • Pages: 22
  • Book Type: board
  • Publication Date: January 9, 2018
  • ISBN: 1580898492
  • ISBN 13: 978-1580898492
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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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Susanne Strasser

Susanne Strasser is an author and illustrator of several children’s

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