The Tiny Tale of Little Pea, Davide Cali, illustrated by Sebastien Mourrain, Kids Can Press, 2017.

“When he was born, Little Pea was tiny. Teeny-tiny.”

And the story of Little Pea begins. Little Pea is a tiny little, light-skinned human being the size of a pea. He never gets taller than half the length of a normal pencil.

Even though he is small, Little Pea does not let his smallness keep him from doing things. He climbs a lego tower. Little Pea rides a grasshopper as if it were a small horse. He reads and teaches himself how to swim.

His size is not a hindrance. It is a gift.

But, when Little Pea goes to school for the first time, he realizes that his size may be a stumbling block. He is too small for his chair. Little Pea is too small to play the flute. And he is too small for gym class. Even one of his teachers ponder, “What will happen to Little Pea?”

But Little Pea does not let his size hold him back. He discovers a passion for drawing. This niche becomes the path which leads Little Pea into adulthood, where he is able to use his passion for a career in designing postage stamps.

This fun book for children ages 3-6 from writer Davide Cali introduces some key themes. Among them are self-acceptance, creativity, and individuality. At times it will remind you of Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who, where the refrain is, “A person is a person, no matter how small.”

The illustrations from Sebastien Mourrain are bright and colorful. My daughter loved this book. And the artwork is one of the main reasons. When Little Pea sits under the tree by himself during recess, you feel empathy for him.

Theologically, it introduces the theme that we are all created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). No matter how small, we all have gifts. Who we are is not a hindrance, it is a gift. Every child has a niche worth discovering. The Tiny Tale of Little Pea is a good reminder to grownups about the important role we play in helping children discovered themselves.

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital review copy.