Story Helps Adolescents Embrace Life’s Obstacles and Their Own Uniqueness
My Big Feet is not just a story of acceptance, but also a fun adventure tale. Recommended to readers ages eight through eleven.
by Lisa M. Hendey | Source:
Book Review - My Big
By Joan L. Kelly
Bezalel Books, P.O. Box 300427,
Waterford, MI 48330,
July, 2007; Paperback, 91 pages
ISBN: # 0979497639 or
My ranking: 5 stars (of 5)
Adolescence can be a tumultuous time in
life – bodies are changing, minds are developing, and self-consciousness is at an all time
high. Kids between the ages of nine and twelve have a tendency to balance precariously on the
tightrope between childlike and adult behaviors. Society’s role models offer mixed messages
for what is truly valuable in this life. That’s why, as a parent of a twelve year old son, I
am thrilled when a book such as My Big Feet by Joan L. Kelly comes along.
My Big Feet shares the story of Rob Sanderson and his group of friends, a quirky
bunch who march to the beat of their own drummer. Rob, a normal kid in every aspect of life except
for his monstrously big feet, is the natural leader of the group. His friends are the brilliant one,
the horse-obsessed one, the new kid, and others who have been marginalized by the popular kids at
“These five eighth graders got along quite well because they did not
make demands of each other, and they accepted each other for who they were.”
From an early age, with the support and encouragement of his “Grams”, Rob learns to
accept and embrace his differences. He grows up to become someone who embraces and accepts
diversity, with strong self-esteem and a true compassion for others.
Feet is not just a story of acceptance, but also a fun adventure tale. When the new girl
Isabel moves into town, Rob and his buddies have the opportunity to become true heroes. Rob’s
kid sister Bridget, a master of disguises, even gets in on the act. Spies take hostage Isabel and
her parents on the eve of Isabel’s birthday dance, to which the whole eighth grade class has
been invited. Rob and his gang must figure out a way to pool their unique, God-given talents to save
My Big Feet ends with a wonderful twist, which underscores the
book’s message of embracing each person as a unique individual and following God’s
calling in each of our lives. First time author and educator Joan L. Kelly shows a true affinity for
both storytelling and the ability to slyly deliver a moral. To support the books’ mission,
Kelly has prepared a comprehensive study guide for teachers wishing to use this book in their
classrooms. This guide includes comprehension questions for each chapter, vocabulary words, games,
puzzles and more.
I would recommend My Big Feet for readers ages eight
through eleven who are interested in a fun adventure tale. Parents and teachers will want to take
the opportunity to share discussions with their children and students on the topics of diversity,
acceptance of others and facing life’s obstacles with courage. I sincerely hope that Joan L.
Kelly will share her voice and gifts with young readers again in the future. These are the types of
stories we all need to be sharing.
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© 2007 Lisa M. Hendey
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