When Nanda is born, the whole of her world is the circle of her mother's arms. But as she grows, the world grows too. It expands outward-from her family, to her friends, to the city, to the countryside. And as it expands, so does Nanda's wonder in the underlying shapes and structures patterning it: cogs and wheels, fractals in snowflakes. Eventually, Nanda's studies lead her to become an astronaut and see the small, round shape of Earth far away. A geometric meditation on wonder, Small World is a modern classic that expresses our big and small place in the vast universe.
Ishta Mercurio studied dance and theater at Simon's Rock College of Bard. In between homeschooling her children, she teaches writers how to use theater techniques to improve public readings. Small World is her debut fiction picture book. She lives with her family in Ontario, Canada. Jen Corace is the illustrator of many books for children, including Little Pea. She has a BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design, and she lives and works in Providence, RI.