2016 Missouri Building Block Nominee: Marta! Big & Small

Posted on Monday, October 9, 2017 by Erin

Book cover of Marta! Big & SmallMarta! Big & Small” by Jen Arena is a fun book about a young girl named Marta who explores the jungle while describing different aspects of animals. This book is a great example of opposites and also incorporates Spanish!

To reinforce the theme of opposites, here is a call and response chant, courtesy of Miss Meg’s Storytime. Practice this with your child after you read the book.

I say fast and you say…SLOW!
Fast! Slow! Fast! Slow!

I say up and you say…DOWN!
Up! Down! Up! Down!

I say happy and you say…SAD!
Happy! Sad! Happy! Sad!

I say over and you say…UNDER!
Over! Under! Over! Under!

You can add as many verses as you would like!

Want to make it more challenging? Use the Spanish words incorporated in the book. For more activities that go along with “Marta! Big & Small,” check out this page from the Missouri Library Association’s website.

Once you have read at least five Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees, help your child vote for their favorite.

Author: Erin

I love impossible things and new adventures! "Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." - Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll