Big and small
For hundreds of years, children’s stories have played with ideas of scale. Miniature characters roam through colossal worlds while giants stomp over tiny landscapes.
When Alice in Wonderland sips magic potions, she either shrinks to the size of a mouse or expands until her head hits the ceiling.
In Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book, the oldest collection of English nursery rhymes, just 7.5 x 4 cm in size, one snail is the size of a woman’s head.
In The Borrowers, the little characters use a teapot for a boat.
Mr Small’s lunch consists of half a pea, one crumb and a drop of lemonade.
Let's write a story
Write a story about being miniature in a massive world.
Imagine you wake up to find you’re the size of a piece of popcorn. How did this happen? How does it feel to move through the enormous wide world?
What powers does your new size give you? What dangers do you encounter? How does your story end?
Alternatively, write a story in which you’re tall enough to reach the clouds.
What does the miniature world look like from up there? How did you get to be so tall? How will you communicate with other people? What will you have for dinner? Is this a scary story or one that’s pleasant and calming?
From miniature people, to towering giants, playing with size and scale add a fun dimension to children’s books!
Take a look at some tiny treasures including the earliest collection of nursery rhymes and delve into the worlds of The Borrowers, The BFG and The Smartest Giant in Town.