Small World by Ishta Mercurio

Small World

When Nanda is born, the whole of her world is the circle of her mother’s arms. But as she grows, the world grows too. It expands outward—from her family, to her friends, to the city, to the countryside. And as it expands, so does Nanda’s wonder in the underlying shapes and structures patterning it: cogs and wheels, fractals in snowflakes. Eventually, Nanda’s studies lead her to become an astronaut and see the small, round shape of Earth f...

Details Small World

TitleSmall World
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherAbrams Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Space, Science

Reviews Small World

  • Allie
    Genuinely my new favorite picture book. The text is so lyrical, and hits just the right repetitive notes to be soothing but not annoying. I love the gentle journey Nanda goes through her entire life, and the illustrations fit really perfectly. I will definitely be looking for an opportunity to read this during story time and give it as a gift!
  • Abigail
    When Nanda is small, her world is as well, encompassed by her mother's cradling arms. As she grows, so too does her world, her horizons expanding as her knowledge and experience do. Growing up, going to college, eventually becoming an astronaut, she eventually sees the world as small again. When viewed from space, that is...A lovely book, one which explores the individual's relationship to their world, and their changing perceptions of that world...
  • Ben Truong
    Small World is a children's picture book written by Ishta Mercurio and illustrated by Jen Corace, which tells the story of Nanda, a little girl, who grows up to be an astronaut.Mercurio's text is rather simplistic and straightforward. It chronicles the life of Nanda, from a infant where her world was as large as her mother's arm to when she becomes an astronaut and sees just how small the Earth can be. Corace's illustrations are serene and slight...
  • Jennifer
    The story is simple and the pictures fit it perfectly, but this one just didn't grab me. I think by being a picture book, the format misses its target audience. Obviously, it's meant to showcase the geometry and beauty of nature and the sky. It's meant to show the girl dreaming of bigger and bigger things and eventually working hard and achieving bigger and bigger things. However, the picture book format puts it squarely in the hands of younger c...
  • Tasha
    Nanda was born into the circle of her mother’s loving arms. As she grew, her world grew too. It grew to include more circles, branches in trees, blocks, steel, and cogs. Her world got bigger as she traveled to college where she built her own helicopter and then became a pilot. Her world continued to grow as she roared into the atmosphere aboard a space shuttle. She was bigger than she had ever been before when she stood on the moon’s surface ...
  • Laurie Hnatiuk
    A delightful book that will empower young readers to see that perspective, wonder and creativity play an important role in our lives. Nanda is small when she is born and we learn how small her world is from being just her mother and then extending out to her family. As Nanda grows so does her world that includes not only family and friends but how manmade objects and nature can define a way to see the world both small and big. And Nanda sees the ...
  • Lorie
    When Nanda is born her world is the cozy embrace of her mother, but as she grows her world increases in complexity until she sees earth as an adult from space. This picture book is a delicately woven story that symbolizes that our own personal world can be both big and small depending on how you look at it. Mercurio’s text is lyrical and yet simple enough to capture the attention of a preschool audience, but complex enough to spark great discus...
  • Krissy Neddo
    I really liked it, but again it's a picture book that speaks to adults and readers older than its format. Possibly an end of fifth grade read/gift to encourage the graduates to keep reaching for bigger and better. I hurriedly finished it the first time I read it, hoping the back pages would reference the prose to a real person. While I appreciate the author's notes and the artwork, not sure this will be a good fit for my library. Definitely a pub...
  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    I liked this book so much. My only criticism (which isn't a real criticism) is that I wanted this to be a biography, a story that was at least based on a real person. I really appreciated the author's note as well.
  • Bkrieth
    I love the expanding scope and perspective of this book about how we can be both big and small at the sane time. Great female modeling inclusive of diverse cultures, and filled with interesting geometric and mathematical models.
  • Kim Chaffee
    This story is one that you will be happy to read over and over when your child asks you to again and again. Mercurio’s charming, lyrical text partnered with Corace’s stunning art, make this STEM-themed story about Nanda and her growing world one you won’t want to miss.
  • Kara
  • Allan van der Heiden
    Very shortSo short not worth the cost of the book but cute just too short the kids just get interested and it ends.
  • Carol Ekster
    Gorgeous language. Beautiful book.
  • Mary
    Really enjoyed the story and illustrations. Great read-aloud for 3-6 y/o about growing up and seeing the world.
  • Heather
    This is a beautiful picture book about expanding horizons.
  • Denise Menger
    Growing up, ambitions, success, a positive environmentGood graduation gift
  • Earl
    From the circle of her mother's arms when she was a baby to the other elaborate shapes found in nature that she observes as she gets older, Nanda's world becomes more expansive that she could have imagined. A wonderful meditation in where we fit in in the big scheme of things.
  • Mary Lee
    I wanted this book to be about a real person, with back matter to point out all the small moments of curiosity about nature, math, and engineering led to a career in space travel.Even without that back matter, this will be a good book for inferring that curiosity from the text and illustrations.I love how Nanda's world expands as she grows, until the point when the actual world/Earth is very small.