Monday, May 3, 2010

Stand Straight, Ella Kate by Kate Klise and illustrated by M. Sarah Klise

Reviewed by Miss Dewey at Orenda

Four paw prints. Do you know what it is like to be tall? I don't just mean being the tallest person in your family or your class? How would you like to be the tallest person in your town or your state? Ella Kate was the tallest woman in the world, and this is her true story. Ella Kate was a shy girl who "grew up" to become a world famous woman. Her height was her biggest problem, but it was also her greatest asset. As a girl she was made fun of for standing out in a crowd but her height gave her the chance to earn money (in a side show) and travel the world. This book is very interesting. I don't know anyone who would want to be as tall as Ella Kate, but I know plenty of people who would love to travel the world. I wonder how many people would be brave enough to leave home and travel as an attraction in a side show? It really makes you appreciate how lucky you are when you can easily blend in with a crowd. There is only one change (addition) I would have liked to see to make this book even better. I would have liked to see maybe one pull-out page showing the actual size of Ella Kate's shoes or gloves or something. (Actually, this was an idea from one of my students, and I thought it was a very good idea.) If you like this story and you want to read more books by the Klise sisters, visit:
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