Imelda is so small that she has to sleep in a shoebox. Worried, her parents take her to a tall doctor who prescribes long foods. But when spaghetti and licorice sticks fail to make Imelda grow, a stranger comes up with a simple solution. Size C. Full color.
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Kindergarten-Grade 2 The heroine of this slight tale is so small that she sleeps in a shoebox"And a very tiny shoebox it was, too." Her mother tries to put a nice face on things, but her father decides that the whole situation is "embarrassing," so off they go to see Dr. Anderson, a character right out of the Marx brothers, who decides that the solution to Imelda's smallness is to eat "long foods" (such as spaghetti) and avoid "short, dumpy foods" (potatoes and pancakes). When a week of this does no good, everyone gives up. It is a little old lady who meets the family in the park who finally provides the solution. This picture book has a fable-like quality in its simplicity of plot and language, the implied moral being that children will do well if they are expected and allowed tonot a bad idea in this era of the superkid. The slight grotesquerie of the story is well matched by Denton's illustrations in which a tiny, solemn child is confronted by a series of much larger adults whose features are slightly distorted in perspective. The pictures are full-page and rich in detail, done in warmly colored shades. A timely story for adults, who may appreciate the message; a reassuring one for children, who will enjoy the medium. Christine Behrmann, New York Public Library
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Imelda is so very small that she sleeps in a shoebox. Her parents take her to the doctor, who prescribes "long foods" (spaghetti, runner beans, licorice sticks) and advises the avoidance of "short, dumpy foods." This doesn't work; Imelda remains tiny. But a chance encounter with an old lady brings the solution: the shoebox is keeping Imelda short; if she gets a proper bed, she'll have plenty of room to grow. Despite the funny full-color illustrations, this contrived story is lackluster. Florence Parry Heide's hilarious The Shrinking of Treehorn satirizes adult attitudes in a similar situation, but Imelda's problem and the unconvincing resolution lack both the humor and the substance of that title. Ages 7-9.
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Book Description Oxford University Press. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0195545737I5N00