The Tallest of Smalls by Max Lucado

The Tallest of Smalls

byMax Lucado

Kobo ebook | November 2, 2009

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An encouraging message for children: When you feel like you’re the smallest of smalls, Jesus’ love can make you feel like the tallest of talls.

A delightful rhyming story about the Too-Smalls who live in the Stiltsville. Every evening a six, the Too-Smalls meet in the square where they hope they’ll be picked to receive stilts to strut about above the stilt-less masses below. They come to see if they matter—if they’re awesome, if they’re pretty, if they’re clever, or funny. Ollie, the smallest of too-smalls, pleas to be picked. He wants to be like the high-ups of Stiltsville who are proud of their stilts, the ultimate status. But once he gets stilts, oh how it hurts when he stumbles and tumbles and loses his stilts.  That is . . .  until he meets Jesus who chose low over high telling him, "Keep your feet on the ground. You matter already.” 

This book for kids coordinates with Max's trade book, Fearless, releasing in September 2009.

Minister and best-selling Christian author Max Lucado was educated at Abilene Christian University. He has been pastor of the Oak Hills Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas since 1988. He also hosts UpWords, a fifteen minute radio show that can be heard in thirty states. Lucado has authored over twenty books, three of which were list...
Title:The Tallest of SmallsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 2, 2009Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052912436X

ISBN - 13:9780529124364


Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Daughter's Favouite This story is an excellent story of how Jesus is always there for us and that his opinion is the only one that matters. My daughter has loved this story since she was a year old, and now at 7 she still loves to read it. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great story This story is religious without being over the top. It's simple to understand and has a great moral. My daughter received this for her baptism and although we are not overly religious I enjoy reading it to her.
Date published: 2016-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful lesson for kids to know who they are in Christ and not believe what others think of them.. WoW! I received this book yesterday and already the kids had their first reading from it. My oldest son, who is 8 years old, sat down with the book first thing this morning and read through it. He enjoyed it very much. Why? I asked him. Here’s his answer: “I like that Jesus is in the book. Also, Ollie realized that he is loved by Jesus for who he is and not for what others think of him. He doesn’t need the stilts to become the Tallest of talls!”. Then after breakfast, I read it to my 5 year old while our almost 4 and 2 years olds listened. The book is a hit in our household. The younger ones loves the colorful images. When I first saw the book, I thought it was pretty thin. The box from which it arrived was pretty big – let me tell you that! Anyhow, I started flipping through it last night and really enjoyed the images myself. Colorful, bright and very attractive. I had a good feeling about this book. So I wasn’t surprised when the kids enjoyed it so much this morning. Besides the lesson in it is so real. It is always good to be reminded of the importance of what God thinks of us and not others – no matter the age you are… *grin* This book is also perfect as a gift for a dedication, a birthday or even Christmas.
Date published: 2009-10-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lucado's done better This rhyming picture book by well-loved author, Max Lucado, deals with the subject of self-esteem in children. How can kids know that they are special and significant when their peers may be telling them otherwise? In the town of Stiltsville, those who are deemed worthy receive the opportunity to wear stilts. A poor, ordinary boy named Ollie, has never been chosen for this honor, though he longs for it with all his heart. At last the day comes when, by some miracle, Ollie's name is called. He is thrilled, until he comes crashing down. Only Jesus is able to make him understand that his true significance is not dependent on the assessment of others, but on what God thinks of him. While this is a valuable concept for anyone to appreciate, I don't know that this story will convince children. The story seems contrived and the problem too easily resolved. The author also fails to maintain perfect rhyme, which makes it awkward to read in places. The illustrations are cartoonish and colorful, but somehow old-fashioned. I am left with the same feeling I get from reading some Robert Munsch books: once you've made a name for yourself in the publishing world, anything you write - good or bad - will be put into print. (This book was supplied as part of Thomas Nelson's book review blog program:
Date published: 2009-10-21