In this story about everyone's favorite tiny family, the Littles are moved to take a trip to meet other families like themselves. Cousin Dinky is the only small person who moves from family to family freely, and he gets the ball rolling when he suggests a meeting of small families. Lucy and Tom want so desperately to meet other children their own size that a trip is arranged, despite the dangers that the outside world presents. This book capitalizes on the elements that make the series a success, by presenting realistic obstacles posed by a giant world. The differences between the Littles and the Specks is fascinating, and the interaction between the small people and potentially fierce animals is exciting as well. Buy this series for your child, and let him or her go from beginning to end for some good, clean entertainment that will keep them reading until the last page has been turned.
What a great book!
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 19 years ago
Living on this Earth, right under our very noses, is a race of tiny people. They are not dwarfs or elves, but simply tiny people, six inches tall at the most and possessing beautiful, furry tails. And in the home of the Biggs, lives a family of these tiny people, called the Littles.In this book, the Littles' children grow tired of watching young Henry Bigg play with his friends, and yearn to have friends of their own. When Cousin Dinky, the only tiny person who travels, suggests that the tiny families of the area can have a get-together, the children seize on the idea, and with the help of Granny Little make it happen. But going out into the big world brings more adventures than the Littles every could have expected!What a great book! I am a fan of Mary Norton's Borrowers books, and was saddened by the knowledge that there would never be any more. When I discovered Mr. Peterson's Littles books I was overjoyed, hoping that these would be just as good. Well, I wasn't disappointed!The story in this book is charming, and quite entertaining. My children and I were thrilled with the story, and look forward to reading more of the adventures of the Littles. We highly recommend this book to you.
A Very Big Adventure Away from the Biggs for the Littles
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 21 years ago
Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute. To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. The Littles Take a Trip was one of her picks.If you do not yet know the Littles, you should. They are tiny people (six inches or less tall) who live undetected in the Bigg's house. They are just like full-size people, except that they have tails! Being a Little has one big drawback. You cannot easily go visit others. This makes it tough for the children, who do not have other children to play with. Instead, they spend way too much time watching the Biggs (like human children watch television). Their source of information about the other families is Cousin Dinky, who is quite an adventurer. He travels from house to house using his glider to bring the mail from one family to another and to share stories of his adventures and of the other small families. The Little parents are fearful of ever leaving their house because of danger from animals, and think that Cousin Dinky is quite rash.In this story, the Littles decide (at the urging of the children and with the encouragement of Cousin Dinky) to visit the other families who live nearby. This has never happened before. With Cousin Dinky's help, several families will converge at the home of the Smalls. Fortunately, Tom (the ten year old) has tamed the Henry Bigg's cat who will let them ride to the Smalls' house. All is going smoothly until a baseball hits the cat, and she darts into the dangerous woods. There the Littles learn a lot about life, danger, and their own capabilities.This book directly addresses the fearfulness and dependency that many children feel because they are small and vulnerable. The book's message is that you can do anything you set your mind to. It's not safe to do so because you can take all risk out, but rather because you can handle the risks as they arise because you are an active, thinking person. And other people will help you!I liked the wonderful role reversals in the story. At first, a skunk is viewed as a threat. But a skunk can be a great resource if he is your friend because he can run off other marauders. Also, the Littles learn that their insulated life style is costing them a lot of the freedom, excitement, and companionship that life has to offer. Safety has a cost that can be too great, as a result. After you and your child finish enjoying this story, I suggest that you each share with the other where you are holding back from trying things because
The Best Book says Savannah
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 21 years ago
When I read this book I thought the book was the best book I've ever read. The Littles Take a Trip is the best book I've read this year. I think that the book should receive a prize because there are very good parts in this book. There was a part in the book that The Littles went to see the other families but they could not because there was no way to get to their families homes. Their families homes were a street away and The Littles were scared that they might get lost. The Littles had an Uncle named Pete. He delivered the mail to their home. Uncle Pete has an airplane he flies to go to the other homes. Uncle Pete came and showed the Littles the way to get to the other homes and they had some trouble on the way but were able to get to the other home on time . There is a lot of adventure in this story so that it keeps you interested!
Fun and exciting adventure story for boys and girls.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 22 years ago
The Littles are "little people" that live in the Biggs house. Lucy and Tom Little are very lonely. They wanted to meet friends their own size. Cousin Dinky came up with a brilliant idea about traveling to another "little" family's home. The Littles are a daring family. You will like their adventures
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