ean Little’s most recent book, The Sweetest one of all, is a picture book for very young children and their parents. In it, barnyard animal babies ask their mothers who they are and each of them is told that he or she is the sweetest one of all. The book ends with a human mother telling her little one the same thing. And getting a loving hug in response. The playful text should continue to delight both children and adults even after many readings.
The colourful illustrations by Marisol Sarrazin are endearing and filled with lively detail. Each will hold small readers spellbound.
ean Little is recognized throughout Canada and the United States for her candid and unsentimental portrayals of adolescent life. Once a teacher of handicapped children, Little herself is only partially sighted, and she uses much of her real-life experience as the basis for her books.
Three familiar animals are gathered at a stable in Bethlehem — a donkey, a lamb and a camel. With them are a no-nonsense Persian cat and a small, frightened dog. The animals miss the baby who was recently born there. To comfort one another, each tells the tale of how it came to be at the stable for the baby’s birth.