‘Big Book for Small Children’

By Silvia Long

A throwback to yesteryear, Silvia Long’s “Big Book for Small Children” presents well-known children’s poetry, stories, and items and animals kids can identify while lap-sitting with gran and gramps. There also are several recipes for cooking together.

This cheery compilation is all-inclusive; it includes pages on clothing, colors, numbers, the alphabet, vehicles, fruits and veggies at the market — you name it, Long has it covered.

An especially pretty spread features 18 different flowers, among them zinnias, petunias, daffodils and tulips, a bright yellow one, striped with red, the subject of a poem. Garden plantings include veggie rows of hearty tomatoes, lettuce, kale, sweet peas, beans and the like.

Throughout the book, “I Can” pages offer cute animals dressed in people clothing doing everyday things, eating breakfast, washing their face, brushing teeth, getting dressed. “Sometimes I Feel” pages show animals in the throes of varying emotions.

“Big Book for Small Children” is another Long classic in the making, an all-in-one treasury children will reach for again and again.

For ages 2-4.


‘Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail’

By Jennifer Thermes

It’s safe to say the star of “Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail” has grit. Never one to resist a challenge, she hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in 1955 when she was 67 years old. What a feat for Emma Gatewood, who raised 11 children in her Ohio home.

A new book about the silver-haired sparkplug, by Jennifer Thermes, relates Gatewood’s story — one that’s doubly impressive considering Underwood made her last partial hike at 76, hoofing it on “the longest footpath in the world stretching along the mountaintops from Georgia to Maine.”

On her debut hike she didn’t tell anyone about her plan — her family didn’t worry. The plucky gal had a track record of being able to take care of herself, but her 2,190-mile trek still wasn’t a walk in the park. Gatewood encountered a bear, ran into a hurricane, and had to ford rivers. Along the way strangers helped her, often those who didn’t have two nickels to rub together.

The author of this inspiring book incorporates maps of the states Gatewood walked across, designating the route and milestones along the way. Notes in the back of the book offer more about Gatewood and the Appalacian Trail.

Gatewood’s accomplishments might get the most reticent of couch potatoes to shake a leg. Kindergarten through second grade.


‘Big Foot and Little Foot’

By Ellen Potter

Kids have a fascination with creatures — a clever new series for 6- to 9-year olds features a honey, a huge, furry guy with a big heart. Meet Hugo the Sasquatch, the star of “Big Foot and Little Foot,” by Ellen Potter.

Hugo lives in a cavern in the Big Woods with his parents and big sister Winnie. His cave apartment will have great appeal to children because it has a stream running through Hugo’s room, a brook that leads to an adventure with a little boy named Boone.

Now everyone knows Sasquatches don’t mix well with humans, but in Hugo and Boone’s case, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The two get to know one another when Hugo, longing for excitement, launches a toy boat on the stream in his room. Imagine his surprise when the boat comes back with a toy inside, a model of a little boy.

So begins an exchange between Hugo and Boone that leads to their eventual meeting. Along the way, readers are introduced to all aspects of the Sasquatches’ lives, interactions with friends, typical school days, family life and a festival where the book wraps up with a sweet end that will have readers clamoring for more.

“Big Foot and Little Foot” is big fun, entertains with no potty humor or gross jokes; instead it’s filled with creative lingo certain to prompt giggles.

Book suggested in Book Sprouts can be purchased at Neighborhood Reads in Downtown Washington.