Precious Little is a beautiful story told in fairytale like fashion, that captures your heart and pulls on its strings. The plot is very similar to Cinderella’s dilemma, a young girl stuck in a miserable life of cleaning duties when all she has ever dreamed of is to be centre stage. But in this story, Precious Little is part of the circus performers called the Light Fantastics, her dream of being an aerial performer seems a distant memory as she is stuck cleaning shoes, sewing costumes and retrieving fallen sequins. Yet, her good friends, Fat Chance and Tough Luck have faith in her ability and offer her the opportunity to try out her skills on a rope stretched across the top of their lucky dip and her world as she knows it begins to change.
On every page there is an explosion of colour and movement.Look out for when Precious Little tumbles and Gaye Chapman’s illustrations are spun around sideways and upside down, making the reader turn the book this way and that, spinning and twirling like the best circus act. The text is also magical, arranged in swirls and curls, dancing along ribbons and galloping through the sky.
I would highly recommend this delightful, whimsical book for young children who dare to dream and dare to fly. The moral of Precious Little, if you believe in your dreams, are willing to try your hardest, take a risk and never give up you can succeed with stunning results.