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Not So Tall for Six Hardcover – February 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570917051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570917059
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.7 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,669,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dianna Hutts Aston is the author of several award-winning books for children, including AN EGG IS QUIET (Chronicle), A SEED IS SLEEPY (Chronicle), THE MOON OVER STAR (Dial), and AN ORANGE IN JANUARY (Dial).

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Dianna Hutts Aston is the author of Mama's Wild Child / Papa's Wild Child, When You Were Born(Candlewick), and An Egg is Quiet(Chronicle). She lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Jonker on July 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Not So Tall for Six" is a book that will not only appeal to still-waiting-for-their-growth-spurt kids, but also to the ones who are embarrassed about their rangy clumsiness. See, it's more about doing the right thing than about height.

Right off the bat "Not So Tall" reminded me of "Saving Sweetness" in its language and setting. The American Southwest doesn't seem to be the locale for many picture books, and it makes this one stand out. Kylie Bell is the shortest- excuse me, "not so tallest" in her first grade class. She can't claim surprise though: small stature is a common thing in her family. This occasionally makes life hard, but overall Kylie makes do just fine. Rusty Jacks, a new bully, uses his size to torment his classmates. When lit circle time rolls around in their class and Rusty is circle-less, Kylie makes a hard choice: to be the big person and do the right thing.

Mr. Dormer's illustrations depict the Southwest in all its glory - cacti, tumbleweeds, and pueblo architecture abound. The style is well suited to the story, which is similarly of-its-place. So: solid story with a not too overbearing message, quality artwork that fits with the text - the makings of a solid selection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on May 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Kylie Bell is the smallest student in first grade. Does this fact bother her? Not a bit. She looks at that particular measurement in her own unique way, choosing to describe herself as the "not-so-tallest" person in first grade.

It's no surprise that Kylie is itty bitty, as her entire family is vertically challenged. Their small stature is why their family motto has become "Brave and smart and big at heart." The Bells know that you don't have to claim a lot of inches to claim your place this world.

It is important that Kylie has such a positive attitude about herself because she sure is having a tough time at school with the new boy, Rusty Jacks. He teases her and taunts her all over the school, generally being a thorn in her side. Kylie needs to summon all her courage to face this big bully.

In the end, it is Rusty Jacks who finds himself needing a friend. When Ms. Shelts asks all the circle leaders who can find a spot in their reading group, not a single person will meet her eye. Rusty stands alone, unwelcome and embarrassed. It is Kylie who take two deep breaths, sets aside her scared feelings, and welcomes Rusty to her group. After giving him a chance, Kylie discovers that under his tough exterior, Rusty Jacks is actually a bit of a softie.

I think one of the cutest details of this book is the way it is written "western"style. The author uses phrases like "skedaddles faster than a spooked horse" and "skitter-dee-doos" while the reading groups boast names like Bison and Shetland Ponies. From the ten-gallon hats and kerchiefs right down to the cowboy boots, you can tell Texas has been written right into this story.

Not just fun illustrations and western twang, this book teaches a valuable lesson.
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A friend recommended this book. As a parent of smaller sized kids, I was excited to read it to them. They loved it too!
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Not So Tall for Six is a lighthearted, softcover children's picturebook about Kylie Bell, a young girl who is small for her age of six - but she doesn't need size or physical strength to deal with bully-boy Rusty Jacks! Kylie has other qualities - she's fast on her feet, she's polite, she has a sensible head on her shoulders, and she knows the value of not holding a grudge after a bully is beaten! The exuberant illustrations reinforce the fun and playful tone of this happy-go-lucky story.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on July 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Aston, Dianna Hutts. Not So Tall for Six. Illustrated by Frank W. Dormer. Charlesbridge. 2008.

None of the Bell family members are tall so their family motto is, "Brave and smart and big at heart". Rusty Jacks, the bully, scares Kylie and she imagines what it would be like to be tall enough to stand up to him: "so positively giraffelike, she gets a permanent crick in her neck from looking down at the tops of her friends' heads. Sigh." Kylie "organizes a new game--piggyback races" and Rusty Jacks offers her a piggyback ride. Kylie refuses so Rusty teases Kylie and calls her " `fraidy-bug". Kylie responds politely and firmly, "Ladybugs do no accept rides from wild boars". One double spread shows Kylie, fists clenched, stepping right into the bully's space as he leans back but then she "takes two ladylike, rhino-sized breaths and refuses to escalate the conflict. She runs away from him yelling, "I may not be so tall for six but I have fast feet". Eventually, she befriends the bully. This is an empowering story that handles realistically one possible scenario with a bully. The expressive "pen and ink and watercolor" illustrations cleverly convey the emotional energy and intensity of this story through the use of stylized cartoon characters and exaggerated perspective. Oil derricks, cactuses, Pueblo dwellings and longhorn cattle establish a Southwestern locale; the bully wears a tall cowboy hat.
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