Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Tiny and Hercules

Tiny and Hercules

Amy Schwartz
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Roaring Brook Press, 2009   ISBN: 978-1596432536

Tiny the elephant and Hercules the mouse are the best of friends. One would think that it would be hard for a mouse and an elephant to get along, but these two manage very well. In fact, they compliment one another in many ways. For example, when Tiny simply cannot figure out how to ice skate, Hercules (who like his namesake is very strong indeed) finds a way to save the day so that Tiny is not humiliated at the ice rink.

One day Hercules decides that he wants to find a way to “express myself,” so he takes an art class. The art teacher tells the students that “Art is GRAND. Art is BIG. Art is STUPENDOUS” and they have to create a painting that captures the grandness and bigness and stupendousness of art. Unfortunately, Hercules cannot make his pictures “BIG” because he is a mouse. He tells Tiny about his problem, and Tiny comes up with a very simple and yet very effective solution.

For this book, Amy Schwartz has written five heartwarming little stories that celebrate the bond that connects the best of friends. Children will be amused to see that a mouse and elephant can be friends, and they will see how two very different personalities can get along and even bring out the best in one another.