From Inside Cover:  Alice is tall.  Not T-Rex or Empire State Building tall.  Just four inches taller than the other girls in her class, and Alice is worried.  FOUR INCHES!  That’s a lot of inches taller than everyone else.  Her mom says it’s okay to be tall, and her dad says it’s okay to be tall.  IT’S OKAY FOR THEM TO SAY THAT, THEY’RE NORMAL!  Alice wishes, really wishes, she as just like everyone else.  Then, her dream takes her to the lace where the tall girls lie, and she sees, really see, herself for the first time.

 My Review:  This is a great book for little girls who reach their full height quickly.  I was one of those little girls.  I reached my full height (5/7-1/2″) by the age of 12.  I was always the tallest girl in my class and had wonderful nicknames such as “Long Tall Sally,” the “Jolly Green Giant,” etc.  I lived where Alice lives.  The only difference was that my mother made me feel like I was special and very lucky or blessed to be tall.  Alice has a dream in which she sees all the great potential tall girls have.  Thankfully this helps her quite a bit because her parents are NOT a big help.  Alice overhears them talking with their friends about her tallness and it isn’t nice at all.  Maybe some parents are insensitive in this way and it’s realistic, but I hope not.  After Alice dreams about all the wonderful potential tall girls have, she gains self-confidence and becomes happier with her height.  This is a great book for children who might be “different.”  After reading the book, children should gain empathy for others who do not fit the mold.  The illustrator Dom Rodi does a great job with color and imagination.   I recommend this book for children (and especially girls) ages 7-10 or 11.

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3 Responses to “Review: Too Tall Alice by Barbara Worton”

  1. Anna Says:

    My daughter and I enjoyed this book, too. She’s the tallest in her class right now, and I think reading this helped her come to terms with that a bit.

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