‘You’re going to have a little baby brother, Martha,’ her mother told her one day.
I know a little restaurant not far from here.
Little or small?
Little and small have similar meanings. We use small to refer only to size. We use little to refer to size, but also to express a positive emotion (especially with words like beautiful, lovely, wonderful):
He’s a small baby. (He’s smaller than average.)
He’s a lovely little baby. (He’s lovely and small.)
There’s a wonderful little café a the end of the street. (preferred to: There’s a wonderful small café at the end of the street.)