One Small Thing

Illustrated by Laura Watkins

Published by Beaming Books

After Raccoon’s home burns down in a lightning storm, his friends don’t know what they can do to help. Squirrel, Beaver, Mouse, Badger, and Rabbit all go back to their own homes, trying to focus on something other than Raccoon’s tragedy. But each animal discovers one small thing they can do for Raccoon—and it turns out that each small act may not be so small after all.

A gentle and powerful look at how small actions can make a big impact.

The Story Behind The Story

I love reading and writing stories about woodland animals. One Small Thing is one of those woodland animal stories.

It may have been fires in California that motivated me to write One Small Thing. My husband and I had just moved from beautiful Sonoma County to Florida, but the fires of 2017 and 2018 affected us, nevertheless. Our goddaughter’s family lost their home in the 2017 Tubbs Fire and the lovely town of Paradise was almost completely destroyed in the 2018 Camp Fire. I knew many friends who reached out to help those who had lost so much. I started thinking about how woodland characters might help a neighbor who had been affected by a fire. Often, in the face of tragedy, we don’t know what to do, but as we ponder, we realize there is something we can do, even if it seems like “one small thing.”

The Picture Book Buzz, Maria Marshall

One Small Thing’s gentle text and huggable illustrations create a modern classic feel which reminds me of Winnie-the-Pooh’s 100-acre woods”

Youth Services Book Review

Straight-forward phrasing and cute, cozy illustrations make this simple and sweet allegory stand out. Readers will certainly take to heart the reminder that little things mean a lot, especially for someone in trauma or suffering a loss. A read-aloud or lap-share of One Small Thing will likely engender important conversations with young people about the attitudes of the different characters and how they change over the course of the story.  Children will love the adorable animal characters, and the details in their homes are fun to look at, as is the creepy dark wood that Badger traverses.”

Unpacking The Power of Picture Books, Sandy Brehl

“A ‘quiet book’ that emanates power and grace.”