A child's perspective uncovers a whole new world of little animals and plants in this story when they can't see the bigger things the grown-ups see. A child can make a unique contribution to their family and there are fascinating creatures waiting to be discovered!
My Little World was shortlisted for the 2012 Environment Award for Children's Literature, presented by the Wilderness Society. It also appears on the NSW, Victorian and SA Premier's Reading Challenge for years 3-4. My Little World has been listed by Readings as one of the Best Kids Books of 2011.
"This is a perfect and gorgeous book for children, but don’t make the mistake of letting them have all the fun with it. We can and should all learn from and revel in it, so do yourself a favour and spend plenty of time on it. Go through it and read Julia’s poetry out loud, then do it again and pore over the exquisite detail of Marjorie’s pictures – then do it all again to see what you’ve missed." - Ian Fraser, Canberra naturalist, conservationist, broadcaster and author at the launch of My Little World at the Australian National Botanic Gardens on 9 April 2011.
"Marjorie Crosby-Fairall is an award-winning and highly respected illustrator. The works she has created for My Little World are so remarkably detailed and life-like that, as author Julia Cooke says, 'I'm not sure people will want to close the book for fear of squashing something.' Gum leaves so realistic that they can be picked off the page, ants that will crawl onto your finger if you put it too close, droplets of water that can be drunk from the leaves, skinks with bright, beady eyes that are ready to scamper to safety if you move the wrong way. Crosby-Fairall's beautiful illustrations draw the reader beyond the text and into the living world that Cooke celebrates in her flowing, rhythmic text. An excellent text to use with junior classes studying mini-beasts, My Little World is a treasure-trove for young environmentalists." - NSW Association for Gifted and Talented Children