Presenting ... Tallulah

What It Is

Young Tallulah is a delightful girl who simply wants to play and be treated like all the other kids at school. However, she has very wealthy parents, lives in a mansion and is driven to school in a limousine. Her parents treat Tallulah as though she’s a china doll. No play clothes or sneakers and she can’t get dirty or play in the schoolyard. She can’t even eat a regular kid lunch — only sushi! Naturally, the other kids won’t play with her. One day, she finds a puppy stranded on a log in a pond, and happily gets all wet and dirty while rescuing her. She brings the pup home, which doesn’t go over well with her parents. Brave Tallulah stands up for herself and explains to her parents that she wants to wear jeans, get dirty and rescue funny-looking dogs. Fortunately, her parents give in and Tallulah begins to be a bit more like a “normal” child.

Why It’s Fun

Most of us saw Tori Spelling grow up on television. Now a mother of two, she has written several adult books and has just published her first children’s book. Tallulah, who is a seemingly autobiographical, is an enjoyable character and though she has “everything a girl could want,” all she really wants is to be like any other child. Vanessa Brantley Newton’s illustrations instantly caught my five-year-old’s eye as the book was sitting on my kitchen counter, and I promised that we’d read it after school.

Who’s Going To Love It

This is a fun read for girls. I didn’t expect my daughter to identify with Tallulah since neither she nor her fellow classmates have such an extravagant lifestyle. However, she thought Tallulah was adorable, and loved the “fantasy” of the big house and limousine ride to school. What Ms. Spelling has also done extremely well is to give parents a very important lesson: Let your children be who they want to be! All too often, parents set expectations for their children to be a certain type of dancer, athlete, etc. Or, perhaps parents limit their kids’ activities because they are afraid they’ll get hurt, encounter a few germs, etc. The moral of the story is kids are kids. They are happiest when we give them space to explore their true interests; even if it means they get dirty and smelly! At least they will have smiles on their faces, and that’s what’s most important, isn’t it?

Reading Time

About 3 minutes

Read-It-Again Points

9 out of 10

Book Information

Presenting ... Tallulah
By: Tori Spelling; Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
Published by: Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (2010)
Approximate retail price: $16.99 (hardcover)
Publisher’s recommended ages: 4 - 8

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