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Sean picked out Tall for Harriet on our recent trip to Oregon. On our last two days of driving, Sean read it to Harriet repeatedly (by her request). Tall by Jez Alborough was also the subject for Sean's first book report.
Tall is the perfect book for a young reader to share with a younger sibling. The vocabulary is limited (mostly repetitions of "short" and "tall") and the illustrations are colorful and engaging.
The story of Tall is that of a short monkey (Bobo) who wants to be tall. He and his friends (various other animal children) collaborate to make Bobo as tall as possible. Of course things finally go pear shaped for Bobo and he learns to appreciate is own stature.
As a mother to two energetic and adventurous young children, I love the overall message of Tall. Bobo's mother lets Bobo play and explore to his heart's content but when he needs her she is right there to catch him. I feel like Bobo's mother every time I take my two to the park.
Comment #1: Saturday, March, 22, 2008 at 22:25:04
I checked out your Puss Reboots site (love the name!) and saw you'd read Tall by Jez Alborough. Have you read Hug? It's an adorable story about the same little monkey. My preschoolers loved it!"
Comment #2: Saturday, March, 22, 2008 at 19:51:11
No, I haven't read Hug yet. To be honest, I hadn't heard of Jez Alborough until last month when we happened upon Tall in the bookstore."