being small (Isn’t So Bad After All)
When I was contacted by author, Lori Orlinsky about her book, being small (Isn’t So Bad After All), I was immediately interested in reviewing the book. What a great idea! As a blogger, I LOVE children’s books that are unique and address insecurities that children may have. Being short is definitely one of them. When the book arrived, the illustrations by Vanessa Alexandre and text worked simultaneously together into an uplifting and sweet story about a young girl who doesn’t want to go to school because she is too short.
In the beginning of the book, the challenges are explained in rhyme by the author with illustrations that young children can relate to such as “They call me ‘Shorty,’ ‘Peanut,’ ‘Munchkin’, and ‘Squirt’. Looking up all the time makes my neck hurt!” As the book progresses, the young girl’s mother explains all of the wonderful things about being short. Such as being “the last one to get wet when it rains” and having “the most leg room when we fly a plane”.
Reading and Language Tips
This book is wonderful for both home or a school setting. For parents who have children who feel insecure about their height, this book can be the answer! I love how the author discusses the challenges but then ends with a beautiful message of being unique and embracing your individuality.
As you are reading this book, use a think aloud strategy to help explain the feelings of the character. For example, you might say, “The little girl feels sad when she gets picked last because she is short.” Allow your child to comment throughout the book or ask specific questions that stimulate the conversation.
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