I Wish I Was Tall Like Willie / Quisiera Ser Tan Alto Como Willie

Summary:

Manuel admires Willie. he is tall, like a basketball player. Manuel uses stilts and even spikes his hair so he can be taller. But every time he tries something new, it always backfires. Then he learns Willie wants to be strong like him.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids will see themselves in this picture book about wanting to be different than you are.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter loved reading about Rosa and Abby, so she was excited to see this book. She laughed at some of Manuel's attempts to make himself taller.

Parent Reaction

This is a wonderful series. Kids spend so much time comparing themselves to others, that this is a fun way to remind them that they are "perfect" just the way they are. Reading in Spanish offers some terrific elementary-level words that kids will see in school.

Type of Book:
This is one volume in a companion series about two boys, each of whom wants to be like their friend.
Educational Themes:

You can use the book to practice Spanish. In addition to the story, there is a nice vocabulary list in the back. The story itself offers a nice lesson in accepting yourself for who you are and recognizing your own strengths. You might even ask your child what s/he likes about himself!

Reading Level:
2.9
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with 6-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This is a wonderful series that makes for great reading.

Title I Wish I Was Tall like Willie / Quisiera ser tan alto como Willie
Author Kathryn Heling, Deborah Hembrock
Publisher Raven Tree Press © 2008
Illustrators Bonnie Adamson
ISBN 9780979446207
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Friendship, Self Worth, Foreign Language | Bilingual, Latin America | Latine People
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