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Reviews:
Abramo's Gift by Donald Greco
American Rifle: A Biography by Alexander Rose
Birdsongs by Betsy Franco and Steve Jenkins
The Boy Who Sang for Others by Michael Meddor
Catamount by Marc Laidlaw
Changeling by Dean Whitlock
Cry of Justice by Jason Pratt
Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes
Does a Kanagroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle
An Elvish Sword of Great Antiquity by Jim Aikin
The Elephant Who Liked to Smash Small Cars by Jean Merrill
Fright Night Flight by Laura Krauss Melmed
The Gift of the Deer by Helen Hoover
The Guardian by Jeffrey Konvitz
Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg
I Choose You by Tracey West
Legs Talk by D. E. Boone
Llamas in Pajamas by Teddy Slater
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
100 Years of California Cooking by Martha Lee
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems
Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale, Nathan Hale and Dean Hale
The Savage by David Almond and Dave McKean
Shadow of the Valley by Fred Chappell
Too Tall Alice by Barbara Worton
When Boston Won the World Series by Bob Ryan

Don Quixote:
Don Quixote: Judge a Book By Its Cover
Try to Remember
Divide and Conquer
Sancho's Big Score

Ulysses:
Episode 1 - Telemachus: Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy

Miscellaneous:
Don't Let the Pigeon Do an Interview

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Too Tall Alice

Too Tall AliceToo Tall Alice: 02/20/09

Alice in Too Tall Alice by Barbara Worton is "four inches taller than the other eight-year-old girls at the Cherry Tree School." She's the girl who has to stand in the back with the boys during picture day and all she wants it to be like all the other girls.

Alice of course gets her wish and not by eating a cake, drinking a magic potion or eating the right parts of a mushroom as her Wonderland counterpart does. For this Alice, the wish comes true during rainstorm when she wakes up in a land of Amazons. For the first time in her life, she's the short one.

The message of Too Tall Alice is to enjoy yourself, whatever size or shape you are. Alice gets a chance to see her potential to be whatever or whomever she wants to be. It's a nice sentiment but it leaves me wanting more. Too Tall Alice has some cute moments but the message of self acceptance drowns out many of the chances at subtle humor.

I read Too Tall Alice because my mother was the tallest kid in her classes and she shared her stories with me. I didn't end up as tall and have to admit to sometimes being jealous of the five inches she has on me. Then I married into a family where I'm just about average height, although my husband, his brother and their father are the tallest by far.

Read other reviews at Booking Mama, That's the Book, The Bookshelf Reviews, 4 the Love of Books, and Book-Em Benj-O.

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