Saturday, April 19, 2008
Not So Tall for Six
Kylie Bell is short, very short. Kylie is definitely the “not-so-tallest one in first grade,” but that doesn’t mean she lacks in courage or heart. When the class bully, Rusty Jacks, who just happens to wear a huge cowboy hat, a fact I find hilarious, begin picking on Kylie for her short stature, Kylie isn’t exactly sure how to deal with him. She even starts to show a little fear. She knows she could be mean right back, but decides to be the bigger person, even if that is physically impossible. Kylie begins being extra-nice to Rusty, even inviting him into her circle during reading time and sharing her favorite book. Eventually, Rusty comes around and becomes an asset to Kylie, rather than a bully.
Written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Frank W. Dormer, Not So Tall for Six is a cute story of how to overcome a bully. Kylie shows that it’s ok to be afraid, but also ok to stand up for oneself, ultimately using kindness, rather than bullying to win over a new friend. I think the country-western anecdotes thrown in were a little over the top, but overall this was an enjoyable story.