Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 8
- Grade: p to 3
This award-winning picture book is now available in paperback! All children like to hear stories about when they were small. In this charming story, part of the popular The Henry Books series by Sara O'Leary and Julie Morstad, a young boy and his father reminisce together before bedtime. For chidren there is a whole period of their life that they can not remember and, for all they know, it could have been the most magical time of their life.
The hardcover edition of When You Were Small won the 2007 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, won First Prize at the 2007 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design, was shortlisted for the 2007 Amelia Frances Howard-GIbbon Illustrator's Award, and was a 2007 CanWest Raise a Reader Beginning Reader Pick.
The other two titles in The Henry Books series include When I Was Small and Where You Came From.
About the authors
Sara O'Leary est auteure de livres pour adultes et pour enfants. Parmi ses oeuvres les plus connues, la série à succès Henry et les albums This is Sadie, illustré par Julie Morstad et You Are One, illustré par Karen Klassen. Diplômée du programme de création littéraire de l'Université de la Colombie-Britannique, elle a enseigné la scénarisation et l'écriture pour enfants à l'Université Concordia.
Sara O'Leary is a writer of fiction for both adults and children. She is the author of the award-winning series of Henry books and This Is Sadie, illustrated by Julie Morstad, and You Are One, illustrated by Karen Klassen. A graduate of the UBC Creative Writing Program, she has taught screenwriting and writing for children at Concordia University in Montreal.
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Excerpt: When You Were Small (by (author) Sara O'Leary; illustrated by Julie Morstad)
From When You Were Small, by Sara O'Leary and Julie Morstad:
Every night at bedtime Henry and his father have a chat.
It always begins the same way/
"Dad," says Henry. "Tell me about when I was small."
When you were small you used to have a pet ant and you would take him out for walks on a leash.
When you were small we used you as a chess piece, because our chess board was missing one of the knights and you were the perfect size...
H When You Were Small“Dad,” says Henry. “Tell me about when I was small.” Every night at bedtime, Henry’s father tells him stories filled with ingenuity, imagination and love.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.
Other titles by Sara O'Leary
Other titles by Julie Morstad
Swan (international pb)
The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
Time is a Flower
Where You Came from
Girl on a Motorcycle
It Began With a Page
How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way
House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery
This is Sadie
A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli