So Light, So Heavy

Susanne Strasser. Charlesbridge, $7.99 (22p) ISBN 978-1-58089-849-2
German author-illustrator Strasser pictures a stocky gray elephant standing expectantly on a teeter-totter. Lively exclamations ramp up expectations: “Zippity zap! Monkey climbs onto the teeter-totter. But the teeter-totter still won’t tip. Penguin and Monkey are so light. And Elephant is so heavy.” After several other animals hop on, “finally, the teeter-totter teeters!” But now it’s evenly balanced—until two final visitors (a child and a dinosaur) get the job done. Strasser contrasts the vivid red teeter-totter with a turquoise background, and her eclectic animal cast provides an amusing introduction to the concepts of weight, balance, and opposites. A companion title, So Far Up, explores balance from a different angle. Up to age 3. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/13/2017
Release date: 01/09/2018
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