Britta Teckentrup’s How Big is the World? certainly inspired us to ask that question and many more as we followed little mole on his journey to discover just how big the world is by asking all of the creatures he meets on his important journey to find his answer. From spiders to whales, all of the creatures give him an answer but each one is different.
Some questions we began to wonder as we read this book:
Does everyone have their own thoughts about the world and how big it is? (Jena)
Will the little mole ever find out? (Truman)
Will the mole have another big question after this question? (Lisa)
Does the world ever end? (Sergio)
I wonder if you want the world to end, if you have to go off the world? (Jenny)
Well then how big is space? (Jeremiah)
Litle Mole does have an answer for his Papa when he returns.
“How big is the world?” whispered Papa. “As big as you want it to be,” said Little Mole quietly and he went to sleep.
This made lots of sense to some of us. “That’s because each animal had a different answer!” “It depends on who you ask!” “The animals could only talk about what they knew.” But Catriona wasn’t satisfied. “That isn’t true,” she said shaking her head. “It is a specific size.”
Britta Teckentrup is also the author/illustrator of Grumpy Cat and Big Smelly Bear which are very popular books in our picture book bins.