What we’re reading: The Small Five

Small Five Harriet Stanes

We love Harriet Stanes’ artwork in our house, so when I discovered that she had illustrated a new children’s book by Ralph Johnstone, I couldn’t wait to add it to our library! The book is called The Small Five, and Harriet was kind enough to send us a copy! The kids and I have already fallen in love with the sweet story and beautiful illustrations.

Small Five Harriet Stanes

Our family has always loved children’s books about life in Kenya! The Small Five is about a group of tiny animals who challenge Africa’s famous “Big Five” to a competition. The Small Five show all the animals that you don’t have to be big to win! One by one, each tiny animal takes on their huge counterpart, and they surprise everyone with their strength and skill. It’s a great tale that shows us you can’t judge someone on their size!

Small Five Harriet Stanes

Harriet’s artwork is just lovely. Her illustrations are whimsical, playful, and fun, with beautiful imagery of life on the wild plains of Kenya. While Heidi loves the giraffe with is zig-zaggy mane, Claire loves the Leopard tortoise with his spotted shell. My favorite images are the ostrich with his beautiful feathers, and the tree full of weaver bird nests. I especially love the little details throughout the book – like the tiny dung beetle rolling dung in the corner of one page.

Small Five Harriet Stanes

We got this book a little over a week ago, and both girls have been asking for it daily. Heidi loves big-bellied Doc the Croc, who acts as referee for each competition. Claire loves searching for Colotis, the orange-tipped butterfly, who can be found on each page of the book. (Details like these in children’s books are the best!)

Small Five Harriet Stanes

Part of the proceeds from the book will be used to buy fresh produce from Nairobi’s Organic Farmer’s Market for children living at the Kenya Children’s Home. I love supporting products that support people in our community. (And, for the record, I also love the Organic Farmer’s Market, which recently started a weekly market near us in Kilimani!)

Small Five Harriet Stanes

If you would like to get your own copy to share with your kids, the books are on sale at Purdy Arms’ Organic Market on the weekends. You can also follow The Small Five on Facebook to keep tabs on where to buy. This is a great book for families living in Kenya, and beyond. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!

Small Five Harriet Stanes

Harriet Stanes, whose artwork our family has loved for years, offered us a free copy of The Small Five for review. Thanks, Harriet, for another cherished book in our family’s little library!

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