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Betsy B. Little Hardcover – December 23, 2008

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2—Betsy B. Little is an unusually tall giraffe, even taller than her parents, and wherever she goes she attracts attention. Riding the school bus, she has to stick her head out of the window and then duck under telephone wires. Jumping rope ties her in knots. And when she goes to bed, her body is too long for the mattress. Betsy dreams of becoming a ballerina, but when she takes lessons, her head bumps against the ceiling and her crashes rattle the other dancers. In the end, however, the giraffe finds a place where she can pirouette with grace and abandon. Betsy is an inspiration for all the gawky ballerinas and too-tall kids no one wants to sit behind. Her temperament remains cheerful and determined when she is presented with physical obstacles. The rhyming text is fairly smooth and has a satisfying ending: "The whole town applauds her/For coming so far/And finding her own way/Of reaching her star." Watercolor illustrations show Betsy's uniqueness and awkwardness with sympathy and wit. No matter her circumstances, she is depicted as an appealing, friendly character with whom readers can identify.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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All those children who feel dwarfed in the grown-up world will enjoy the role reversal in McEvoy’s debut picture book about a kid with the opposite problem: she is too tall to fit in. Betsy, the young giraffe, is so tall that she even towers over her parents: “Why, even her dad / Had to look up at her.” Simple rhyme and bright playful illustrations with thick black lines show the young giant giraffe looking down at the treetops, her long legs stretching from her little skirt. Her height sometimes makes Betsy feel powerful, but it brings problems, too. She dreams of being a ballet dancer, but when she joins the class, her head hits the ceiling. Finally, she comes up with a solution that makes her feel free and accepted. Silly, triumphant fun for the klutzy and unnoticed. Preschool-Grade 1. --Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060593377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060593377
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We checked this book out from the local library and enjoyed it so much that we purchased it when the due date arrived. The story really inspires independent thinking and self confidence. Betsy is not like all the other little girls but that does not stop her from going after her dreams. I realize this is just a children's book but it contains the type of messages that I love instilling in my daughter. The illustrations are adorable and the rhythm of the story is well paced and an easy read!
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Betsy B. Little is the tale of a tall giraffe who simply doesn't fit in. But rather than wish she were different, she learns to dream bigger --what a wonderful lesson for children in this world of conformity, cliques, "mean girls," and bullies!

Through delightful language and beautiful illustration, this book celebrates individuality, resilience, perserverance, and creativity. I can't imagine a child who won't take this book to heart and carry its lesson into adulthood.
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"The whole town applauds her
For coming so far
And finding her own way
Of reaching her star."

Good one! A fun rhyming story and a morale delivered at the end. Self-acceptance, self-confidence, and perseverance, even when the environment around us doesn't appreciate diversity, are the keys that unlock our dreams and aspirations. Great message for kids in kindergarten and lower grades.
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I am completely in love with this book. My daughter picked it out to give to her grammy when she was about 2.5. Since then I have bought it for ourselves and for other families. My kids (7 and 5) may have outgrown the story a little, but I don't think I ever will. It is, by far, my favorite children's book. It has such a beautiful story. Instead of conforming and doing what everybody else tells her is possible, she "finds her own way to reach her star." She could not fit in a box and had the courage to do what she loved anyway. As a result, everyone admires her.
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This book is such a wonderful story to inspire children to love, embrace and make the most of who they are. It confirms that whether we fit a mold or not, we need to follow our passions and dreams. We originally picked it up at the library, but had to buy several copies so we could have one for our daughter and give the others as gifts and a donation to the Children's hospital. A sweet story!
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I bought this book as a birthday present for my daughter and she loves it! We've read this as a bedtime story the last few nights and each time she is very focused and excited to listen. The melody of the text is enchanting, even very young children will be able to appreciate the lovely rhythm of the words. The story itself is both inspirational (encouraging children to think outside the box and reach for their dreams) and laugh-out-loud funny (Betsy finds herself in some humorous situations because of her height). I really love the end; I always tear up a little every time Betsy achieves her dream of being a ballerina (thanks to a little ingenuity). In addition to the excellent writing, the illustrations are beautiful and colorful, and add to the fun of the story. I'd definitely recommend this book to other parents or as a gift for any child!
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This is a charming and joyful book Betsy B. Little for little ones to learn that determination can make a "dream come true." My 4 and 5 year old grand-nieces were delighted with the story and the bold, colorful illustrations. Ms. McEvoy's verses are clever and funny and easily grasped by her target population. My five-year already has memorized the book and loves to "read" it to her sisters. My sister is ordering it for her kindergarden class.
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