The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade

Picture Book - 2014
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Sally McCabe is a very little girl, and nobody notices her, although she notices everything that goes on around her--but when she speaks out about the unkindness she sees, people start to pay attention.
Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
ISBN: 9780399257438
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Robinson, Christian - Illustrator


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Being small sometimes means your overlooked, but it doesn’t mean you don't notice all that goes on around you. Sometimes the smallest voice is the one that needs to be heard. (ages 3 - 6) - Jeff

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PimaLib_AnnieW Jul 08, 2020

Even the smallest, quietest girl can start a revolution. Great book with great rhymes with fun illustrations by Christian Robinson. I could see someone singing or rapping this to kids during a class visit or storytime.

Jan 13, 2017

This picture book does a good job of showing how one person can make a difference, even if she is the smallest girl in the smallest grade. I enjoyed the writing and illustrations. I especially liked how Sally is described as being essentially invisible but always "paying super extra special attention" to everything.

May 14, 2015

Very good story to teach about standing up when one sees wrong being done. And to stop bullying . Doesn't matter if you're small , everyone has a voice and a sense of right and wrong.

May 05, 2015

Excellent tool to teach kids about feeling and respecting oneself and others and to speak up when you see naughty things happening to others.

SPL_Kids Feb 19, 2015

Little Sally McCabe was a very quiet girl. She was also the smallest girl in the youngest grade of the school. Hardly anyone noticed her.
Sally, on the other hand, noticed almost everything around her. This was because she always paid extra special attention.
She noticed exactly how many keys were on the school janitor’s ring, how quickly the leaves changed colour in the fall, and where each abandoned kite was in every tree.
Sally also noticed each sad or embarrassed face, each schoolyard “snub”, and each hurt feeling. One day, having witnessed yet another hurtful incident of teasing in the cafeteria, she couldn’t stand it any longer.
With her hand in the air, she shouted, “I’m tired of seeing this terrible stuff. Stop hurting each other! This is enough!”
Everyone heard Sally. Soon she was joined by other students, staff and teachers – and even the principal – who all agreed that there was far too much unkindness, meanness, exclusion and bullying in their school.
And so it happened that the smallest girl in the smallest grade sparked a big change in her school, with her schoolmates becoming kinder and acting more considerately toward one another.
Told in rhyme, the story’s messages about empathy, fairness and standing up for what is right could spark a worthwhile conversation with elementary students about these relevant issues. The idea that even a little person can make a difference will resonate with them.
Justin Roberts is a Grammy-nominated children’s musician and his picture book is loosely based on his song “Billy the Bully”.
Illustrator Christian Robinson, whose vibrant, coloured pencil artwork is very appropriate for this wonderful picture book, notes that he was once the “thinnest, shyest boy in the smallest grade”.


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SPL_Kids thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 7


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