We're always excited to find new childrens' books at my house. And to find a book that celebrates the things that make each of us unique is a boon. Boosting a child's self-esteem can be tough at times as they learn to navigate the pitfalls of peer pressure and finding their own identities.
Too Tall Alice is a new book by author Barbara Worton and illustrated by Dom Rodi. It focuses on Alice, an eight-year old girl who is four inches taller than all the other girls in her class and having a hard time being different.
And as if being taller than the rest of her class wasn't enough, she overhears the grownups talking about her during a card party, calling her a string bean. This didn't sit well with Alice, who wanted nothing more to be the same height as all the other girls in her class. She cried and cried, eventually crying herself to sleep.
And in a dream, she went on a grand adventure to the place where all the tall girls lived. Once there, she saw basketball superstars, supermodels, circus show girls… and she didn't want to be like any of them. In the dream, one of the girls tells her that she has to find her own way and be what she wants to be — which is anything at all.
When she woke up, she felt much better about herself and was fine with being tall — and she could be whatever she wanted to be, string bean or not.
It is a great story with a lesson that all kids need to learn… we're all unique and we all have to find our own way in the world, regardless of whether we're tall, short, have big ears or a big nose, wear glasses, or simply see the world in a different way than everyone else. Even adults sometimes need to be reminded of this lesson sometimes.
As we read this book with my two daughters, I have to relate a very cute story about my youngest. She is infatuated with Ariel, the mermaid from Disney's The Little Mermaid. And when we came to find out that Alice had a "super-fluffy Ariel the mermaid bed," she got very excited and was immediately riveted for the rest of the story.
Be sure to check out Too Tall Alice!