Too Much: My Great Big Native Family

Too Much: My Great Big Native Family
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January 23, 2024
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A little boy wants a chance to shine on his own but discovers that being apart from his large and lively Native family isn’t necessarily better in this heartwarming and humorous picture book.

When Russell gets a part in the school play, he lights up like a shining star—and he can’t wait to tell his big, boisterous Native family the exciting news. But catching their attention when they all get together feels impossible; no matter where they go, they seem to be too noisy, too many, and just too much!

Russell decides to keep his big debut to himself and fly solo for once…but being alone may not be the answer. After all, there’s no such thing as too much love, and when he needs them most, his great big family knows how to be just enough.

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The importance of speaking up and being heard
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Too Much: My Great Big Native Family is a fantastic children's book about the need of being heard and speaking up, especially in larger families.

Russell has gotten a part in the play, but finds it near impossible to tell his family. It's too noisy, too many, and just too much!
There is a tiny bit of "play speak" in this children's book, and some may find it a bit confusing if they are unfamiliar with the terms. This could be a great opportunity to learn along side your kids.
I enjoyed the different similes used by the author, putting words to the feeling Russell is experiencing.
I really liked the progression Russell had; from telling his family he was in the play to questioning on if there was just too much, to doing things on his own. This is an important lesson for children to learn, and Goodluck made it easy for children to put themselves in Russell's shoes.

The illustrations done by George are super nice. She did so well capturing the different emotions in Russell's expressions. I love the essence she's managed to capture on each spread. My favorite would have to be when they family visits aquarium and the playfulness of the family.
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