Being very small or very tall can be frustrating and embarassing for children – like the rest of us, they often want to be what they are not. Sharing stories about children with similar feelings can put a child’s mind at ease and make the experience easier to cope with.
Tall – Jez Alborough
Everyone is taller than Bobo so he climbs onto other animals in an effort to be the tallest. When he slips and falls he decides he happy to be small after all.
Titch – Pat Hutchins
Titch has an older brother and sister who seem to be able to do grown up things that he can’t. Large print and simple pictures which show the frustrations of being the smallest. Part of a series of stories about Titch.
Giraffe problems – Jory John
Edward the giraffe can’t understand why his neck is as long and bendy and ridiculous as it is. No other animal has a neck this absurd. He’s tried disguising it, dressing it up, strategically hiding it behind bushes – anything he can think of. But just when he’s exhausted his neck-hiding options, a turtle ambles in and tries to help him understand that his neck has a purpose – and looks excellent in a bow tie.
Tall Tilly – Jillian Powell and Tim Archbold
Tilly is very tall. She’s too tall for her bed and taller than all her friends. She wishes she was smaller, but then her teacher has an idea.
I Want To Be Tall – Tony Ross
A good fun story about getting frustrated because you are too small … until baby cousin comes to visit, who is even smaller!
Tinysaurus – Sheryl Webster and Jan Fearnley
Tinysaurus is desperate to be bigger. He wants to do all the things his big sister can do. He especially wants to be big enough to look after the eggs that mum has laid. When a hungry Nastysaurus tries to steal the eggs, Tinysaurus discovers that being small can be a good thing.