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.


J. Kaye Oldner said...

Checking in to see how everyone is doing on the 100+ Challenge. Where do you post your books? Or do you?

Amanda said...

I post all of my books on here, as they are reviewed. The books that aren't reviewed yet are just written down in a file. Should I be posting them somewhere else?

J. Kaye Oldner said...

LOL - No! I do mine like you are doing yours. :) I just didn't want to be posting in the wrong place.