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Kylie Bell may be the smallest one in her first-grade class, but when it comes to standing up to that mean ol' bully-boy Rusty Jacks, her courage is monumental. Life isn't easy when you can't reach the water fountain, but Kylie Bell's big heart and good manners prove that sometimes it takes the most courage to do what's right. Kylie Bell may be the smallest one in her first-grade class, but when it comes to standing up to that mean ol' bully-boy Rusty Jacks, her courage is monumental. Life isn't easy when you can't reach the water fountain, but Kylie Bell's big heart and good manners prove that sometimes it takes the most courage to do what's right.


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Kylie Bell may be the smallest one in her first-grade class, but when it comes to standing up to that mean ol' bully-boy Rusty Jacks, her courage is monumental. Life isn't easy when you can't reach the water fountain, but Kylie Bell's big heart and good manners prove that sometimes it takes the most courage to do what's right. Kylie Bell may be the smallest one in her first-grade class, but when it comes to standing up to that mean ol' bully-boy Rusty Jacks, her courage is monumental. Life isn't easy when you can't reach the water fountain, but Kylie Bell's big heart and good manners prove that sometimes it takes the most courage to do what's right.

30 review for Not So Tall for Six

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Rainfield

    My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Six-year-old Kylie Bell is the not-so-tallest in her first grade class. Sometimes it gets her down when she can’t see past people’s heads or reach the fountain–but she never lets it get her down for long. Instead, she pulls up tidbits of wisdom from her family, who are all not-so-tall like her, and reminds herself that, like her family (and their motto0, she is brave, smart, and big of heart. When a bully starts taunting her about her size, Kylie draws on those quali My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Six-year-old Kylie Bell is the not-so-tallest in her first grade class. Sometimes it gets her down when she can’t see past people’s heads or reach the fountain–but she never lets it get her down for long. Instead, she pulls up tidbits of wisdom from her family, who are all not-so-tall like her, and reminds herself that, like her family (and their motto0, she is brave, smart, and big of heart. When a bully starts taunting her about her size, Kylie draws on those qualities to stop the bully, and make friends with him. Not So Tall for Six is a book with heart. It shows that height doesn’t matter, and that acts of kindness can sometimes reach a bully, and make a bully into a friend. Aston (Mama’s Wild Child/Papa’s Wild Child; An Egg Is Quiet) opens the book with great humor, in the way that Kylie describes herself–the not-so-tallest one in first grade. This creative way of describing being short is used throughout the book, which should help kids who are less than average height with their self image, and give them a way to reframe it. Aston vividly captures the feeling of being short, through the things that upset Kylie (not being able to see past people’s heads, not being able to reach the fountain when others can), and through her intense daydreaming and desire to be taller than anyone, in fantasy levels, after she’s teased for being short. Not So Tall for Six shows that kids can be teased and put down for their height, or lack of height, just like any difference, and may provide validation for some readers, and increased sensitivity for others. Kylie is a strong girl character; she stands up to the bully, draws on her inner resources to act with integrity, and knows her own strengths. She’s also likable, kind-hearted, and an easy-to-relate-to character, since most people have wanted to fit in and be accepted (or not made fun of) at one point or another. Because the reader cares, it’s uplifting when Kylie triumphs in the end–most especially that she stops the bully behavior, but also that she feels tall for a while. Read my entire review at www.cherylrainfield.com/blog

  2. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    I played one year of high school tennis. It was doubles and I was paired up with a kid who was far and away the smallest kid in my grade. I happened to be the tallest. This made for some interesting tennis, but didn’t change the fact that we both played hard. I bring up this story because “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 righ I played one year of high school tennis. It was doubles and I was paired up with a kid who was far and away the smallest kid in my grade. I happened to be the tallest. This made for some interesting tennis, but didn’t change the fact that we both played hard. I bring up this story because “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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katy Womack

    "Not So Tall for Six" is a great book about little Kylie Bell. She comes from a family of "not so tall" people. She is by far the shortest in her class, so short that she can not reach the water fountain. Because of her small stature, Rusty Jacks, the school bully, decides to start taunting Kylie. Rusty Jacks sings mean songs to Kylie and repeatedly calls her a ladybug. Later on in the classroom, everyone is in their literary groups and Rusty Jacks doesn't have a group. The teacher asks if anyon "Not So Tall for Six" is a great book about little Kylie Bell. She comes from a family of "not so tall" people. She is by far the shortest in her class, so short that she can not reach the water fountain. Because of her small stature, Rusty Jacks, the school bully, decides to start taunting Kylie. Rusty Jacks sings mean songs to Kylie and repeatedly calls her a ladybug. Later on in the classroom, everyone is in their literary groups and Rusty Jacks doesn't have a group. The teacher asks if anyone will let Rusty into their groups. Kylie remembers that her family motto is to be "brave and smart and big at heart" and invites Rusty Jacks to join her group. Instead of letting Rusty Jacks bully her, Kylie Bell rises above and decides to be friendly and extend an "olive branch." I enjoyed this book because it's a great read aloud opportunity for children grade K-3. It's a perfect example of how to deal dealing with bullies. It shows children how it pays off to be nice, especially to those who aren't particularly friendly.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is a good story for young children; the story depicts a young girl making the best of her small size and being brave enough to stand up to bullying by the biggest boy in the class. I watched this book on the Tumblebooks website (www.tumblebooks.com) and while I felt the narrator's southern accent was appropriate, I'm glad I didn't have to read this one aloud myself. The illustratons have a southwestern feel and the exaggerated dimensions of the child's imagination will appeal to younger chi This is a good story for young children; the story depicts a young girl making the best of her small size and being brave enough to stand up to bullying by the biggest boy in the class. I watched this book on the Tumblebooks website (www.tumblebooks.com) and while I felt the narrator's southern accent was appropriate, I'm glad I didn't have to read this one aloud myself. The illustratons have a southwestern feel and the exaggerated dimensions of the child's imagination will appeal to younger children. I think our girls would've liked this story a year or two ago, but since it features a first grader, I'm guessing they would roll their eyes now ("It's too babyish!") interesting quote: "Kylie Bell comes from a long line of not-so-tall people. But the Bell family has never let size get them down. Nope. The Bell family motto is 'Brave and smart and big at heart.'" (p. 4)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Raven Grider

    Not So Tall for Six would be a great book to read to a first grade classroom in a whole group setting. The book is well-written and even mentions literary circles (Miller would be proud!). I would use this story to teach about the negativity of bullying, and how to make a bad situation better through the use of good choices.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jo Oehrlein

    Kylie Bell is a short first-grader with a big personality. She sometimes wishes she were taller, but she's from a short family. A bully picks on her and Kylie Bell has to respond. When no one in the classroom wants the bully in their group, Kylie Bell chooses to be nice to him and that changes everything. Kylie Bell is a short first-grader with a big personality. She sometimes wishes she were taller, but she's from a short family. A bully picks on her and Kylie Bell has to respond. When no one in the classroom wants the bully in their group, Kylie Bell chooses to be nice to him and that changes everything.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Danni Green

    This is a book about being as nice as possible to an abuser, in order to convince that person to change their ways. This is not a good message for children, or anyone.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Damien Cowger

    A rad little female proves that being a decent human being is the best route.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian HM

    She was trying to be not mean, she's good. She found a bully and she figured out what going to do. She thinks I like to be nice. She was trying to be not mean, she's good. She found a bully and she figured out what going to do. She thinks I like to be nice.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cristina

    Assignment: Picture Book Project Category: Tumblebooks Recommending Source: Library of Virginia Review: Kylie Bell is the smallest student in her class. Rusty Jacks is another student that enjoys bullying all of the other children in order for things to go his way. Despite her size, Kylie Bell is brave when facing the bully and chooses to be a better person by using her manners. When it becomes literature circle time, nobody wants to include Rusty in their group. Kylie does the right thing by allow Assignment: Picture Book Project Category: Tumblebooks Recommending Source: Library of Virginia Review: Kylie Bell is the smallest student in her class. Rusty Jacks is another student that enjoys bullying all of the other children in order for things to go his way. Despite her size, Kylie Bell is brave when facing the bully and chooses to be a better person by using her manners. When it becomes literature circle time, nobody wants to include Rusty in their group. Kylie does the right thing by allowing Rusty to join her group and they become friends. Building character, celebrating uniqueness, and learning to appreciate one another are good messages we can get from this book. Lessons focusing on these concepts will help students learn how to develop good social skills as well as help them to become more self-confident and accepting of others. To prevent bullying, students can practice scenarios similar to the book and develop good strategies on how to deal with the situation properly. Time should also be taken to celebrate each child's uniqueness, so that every child realizes why he or she is special. This book is perfect for our current duty station. We live in west central Texas, in the southernmost part of the Texas Panhandle Plains. Like the book’s illustrations, a majority of the land here is brown, red-orange, peach, and yellow covered with sand and cacti. This area has been in drought conditions for the past few years causing those dominant colors across the land. The illustrations in the book seem to be hand-drawn and filled in with watercolors. The illustrator does a good job of giving the characters expressive faces that fit each scenario. I like how the text of the book is highlighted as it is being read aloud, so that students can follow along with the animated video. I also like how there is movement in this video showing how Kylie Bell reacts to the classroom bully, Rusty Jacks, including shadows, jumping, running, tumbling, etc. I don’t like that we are unable to go back to another screen, in case we may have missed something. The tumble player only allows functions such as play, pause, previous book, and next book. Also, once a story is complete, the player automatically moves on to the next story in the playlist. Having never used Tumblebooks before, I am impressed by the quality of the book reader. The video did a great job of bringing the book to life. I also love the Bell family motto: “Brave and smart and big at heart.” I would have loved this book when I was a kid. It's not easy to be different from other kids, especially when everyone else is taller than you. My daughter has always been the smallest kid in her classes, just like me, yet there's not much we can do to change that. I still plan to share it with both my daughter and son, so that they can see that being small doesn't stop a person from being the best that they can be.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Collins

    Genre: Contemporary Realistic Grade Level: K-1 This is a good story that teaches a good lesson. It is definitely written for young children. It is a sweet book about a girl who stands up to a bully. The book teaches students to believe in themselves and not think less of themselves based on what someone else says about or does to them. I would recommend it because of the good message and well written story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Kylie Bell comes from a long line of short-statured people. But they never let their size limit their abilities. Kyle takes after some of her ancestors when dealing with life's difficulties. She's brave like her great uncle Fergus "Fangs" Bell and she always uses good manners like great great grandmother Beulah Bell. But she's flummoxed by the class bully. She doesn't know quite how to handle him. She finally learns that acceptance works best and often turns a bad situation completely around. Kylie Bell comes from a long line of short-statured people. But they never let their size limit their abilities. Kyle takes after some of her ancestors when dealing with life's difficulties. She's brave like her great uncle Fergus "Fangs" Bell and she always uses good manners like great great grandmother Beulah Bell. But she's flummoxed by the class bully. She doesn't know quite how to handle him. She finally learns that acceptance works best and often turns a bad situation completely around.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This is a cute story about a very small girl dealing with a very big bully. She handles herself mostly with dignity and calmness, which is not the usual reaction for a six year old child. The message is a good one for kids, but I didn't give it a higher rating because the story feels a bit disjointed at points. This is a cute story about a very small girl dealing with a very big bully. She handles herself mostly with dignity and calmness, which is not the usual reaction for a six year old child. The message is a good one for kids, but I didn't give it a higher rating because the story feels a bit disjointed at points.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Inger Yoder

    I liked this book! It is really cute and is a good example for the kids that it is okay to be short and that you don't have to be like everyone else. I also loved the pictures in this book. One thing I didn't really like is that some of the words would be difficult for a child to pronounce, especially one who is learning to read. I liked this book! It is really cute and is a good example for the kids that it is okay to be short and that you don't have to be like everyone else. I also loved the pictures in this book. One thing I didn't really like is that some of the words would be difficult for a child to pronounce, especially one who is learning to read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Y.

    Kylie Bell is dealing with a school bully, who picks on her due to her short height, overall I thought it was a positive story that shows how by not lower yourself to others standards, and sticking to your own convictions while at the same time not backing down, can help you overcome a bullies taunts. I think this book would be appropriate for K-3 grade.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Elmerick

    Genre: Contemporary Realistic Grade level: Lower Elementary Kylie Bell is the shortest one in her class and feels intimidated, but after sticking up for herself and being kind, she gains some confidence! I think this would be a great book for children to read. It shows that everyone is different, and that's okay! Genre: Contemporary Realistic Grade level: Lower Elementary Kylie Bell is the shortest one in her class and feels intimidated, but after sticking up for herself and being kind, she gains some confidence! I think this would be a great book for children to read. It shows that everyone is different, and that's okay!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Funny and lyrical like a sassy, western Dr. Seuss, the prose was not too thick to follow. What really worked was how this prose worked with the story itself because it gave a realistic voice to the main character, whose ability to use her voice is what the story is all about.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    2008 - Realistic Fiction This is a story about a little girl who is picked on by a bully because she is so small. She decides that she is going to be nice to mean old Rusty Jacks. The reader gets to see where her decision takes her. This is a good book for teaching voice.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tina B

    "short, western, bullies, possible storytime, pair with Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon" "short, western, bullies, possible storytime, pair with Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon"

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Tells the story of how a clever six year old is directed by her clear knowledge of who she is and can be guided by her principles to turn an enemy into a friend.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    The constant Western colloquialisms made this one a bit difficult to follow. Veg*n parents note: Reference to cooking frogs' legs. The constant Western colloquialisms made this one a bit difficult to follow. Veg*n parents note: Reference to cooking frogs' legs.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Allanna

    Cute book with a bit of Old-Western twang about how to deal with bullies and making friends.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    She may be the shortest in the class, but Kylie Bell makes up for that in speed, manners and kindness.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Romelle

    Love this book for its word choice, and not to mention the adorable Kylie Bell.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    Good story about a short girl dealing with a bully.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Yeah, no, I did not like this book. I couldn't even tell you what it was about. Yeah, no, I did not like this book. I couldn't even tell you what it was about.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeslyn Zhou

  28. 4 out of 5

    Roseann

  29. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette Donnelly

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