The Tallest of Smalls, by Max Lucado is a delightful children’s picture book. The story tells about Ollie, a small ragged boy who lives in the city of Stiltsville, where the tall and important folks are awarded stilts to tower over those who are deemed small and unworthy. Ollie desperately wants to earn a pair of stilts so that he too can feel important and look down upon the “smalls.” Eventually, Ollie’s wish does come true, but he quickly discovers that there is only one person whose opinion really matters.
This is not my favorite of Max Lucado’s children’s books, but it is a sweet story with an important message. The illustrations are bright and fun and the text is in rhyme. I think any child would enjoy the book and that it might be especially helpful to a child who is feeling “small” and left-out.
You can watch a short video by Max Lucado telling about his new book here.