Nicholas Townsend Smith
What is the book about?
The Giants and the Smalls: The Adventure of Rimi and Ritt is the story of a Small, Ritt, who believes he is capable of more, and even though other Smalls tell him becoming a Giant is impossible, or that Giants are special, Ritt decides to venture out to discover the truth for himself.
Giants and Smalls were massively different in size, but it wasn't because they couldn't be like each other. Their world is similar to ours in so many ways, and the most magical thing about it is that every Giant and every Small has a chance to reach their fullest potential no matter their history, regardless of what naysayers might say, and despite any setbacks or limiting beliefs they might have. This book teaches every child (and adult) that they are capable of great things if they will work, think, and act differently.
What this book teaches kids:
Reaching your true potential. When kids are young, their imaginations run wild; they can be anything. As they mature, that imagination is traded for practicality and dreams of reaching their potential fade. This book helps kids see that dreaming big dreams is not only okay but vital for their growth.
Thinking larger than your ancestors, family, friends, community, culture. Let's face it, how often do we stop the growth of our children because of social and cultural norms?! This book shows kids it's okay for them to grow; to reach their dreams by not letting your family background and limiting beliefs determine who you are and whom you can become.
You are who you are BEING. This is a tricky lesson, but very important for every child. BEing something is different from doing something. If a child can BE a giant, he or she can take steps to create themselves any way they want.
Becoming your best self takes a lot of effort and commitment. This book demonstrates that no one is entitled to success. It only comes about with work and persistence. Ritt teaches kids to embrace their bigger selves and to work for the things they want.