Sis's Tiny Trip

Children - Picture Book
22 Pages
Reviewed on 08/09/2023
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

Sis’s Tiny Trip by Norma Jean Kelley is a lovely children’s book that took a little girl on an epic adventure. An argument with her older brother Eddie caused her to make a wish but she never expected her wish to come true. She quickly found herself shrinking, but instead of being scared, she decided there are advantages to being small. She took off down a stream on her brother’s toy boat for an adventure that immersed her in nature. Her journey opened her eyes to the world in her backyard where she encountered a variety of creatures such as a family of ducks, a ladybug, and even a fish. A great story for families to enjoy together.

The story opens by focusing on the relationship between these two siblings which establishes a typical bickering dynamic between them. Two prominent themes of the story are important. The first is to be careful what you wish for. This comes true for Sis when she suddenly becomes tiny, though this allows her to view the world in a new way. The second theme is to find appreciation in the world around you, specifically, this lovely natural world from which Norma Jean Kelley draws a beautiful sense of wonder. An aspect that makes this story strong is that she doesn’t go into a fantastical world filled with magic and weird creatures but reflects on the wonder already with us. This makes it a great story to inspire children to go outside and see what they can find in their backyard or park.

The conclusion adds to the wonder of the story as it felt similar to how Alice in Wonderland ended with her coming home and taking a nap, only to question if everything was merely a dream. The illustrations are detailed with realistic people and animals and the background appears larger to give the impression of her being smaller. This adds to the feeling that you’re entering an incredible world even though every image you see is normal. Sis’s Tiny Trip is a sweet adventure that takes place in an ordinary setting but captures the natural magic of the world that surrounds us.

Philip Van Heusen

Sis, her big brother Eddie, and her parents had just finished watching a movie about a kid left home alone. In Sis’s Tiny Trip by Norma Jean Kelley, the amazing story of Sis begins after the movie. Sis and Eddie disagree, and Sis wishes she was very small. There was a reason that her mom had warned her to be careful about what she wished for. The next morning, Sis heads toward the creek where Eddie had gone to fish. As she walks, she realizes she is becoming smaller and smaller. Many adventures await the now-tiny Sis. Can you imagine seeing a huge ladybug? To Sis, the bug was as big as the inner tube she used to float on the water. A fun idea hits her, and she gets into Eddie’s toy boat. The little toy is more than big enough to accommodate Sis now that she is so small. After floating down the river (creek, but it now seemed so large), she has to figure out how to get home. Who will help this tiny girl? After a nap at home, she wonders if it was a dream. Was it? You decide.

Have you ever made a wish that comes true? If so, you might be able to identify with Sis in Sis’s Tiny Trip by Norma Jean Kelley. Have you ever thought it would be fun to be tiny? What if you become very small? Norma shows her creative skills by telling the story of Sis, whose wish to be small came true. This fun book makes you look at life through new eyes. In this book, the reader sees sibling rivalry, desires to be something you are not, and other ideas that affect most children as they grow up. Using this book as a starting point, you can talk to your children about what they want to change about themselves. Discuss with them why they are unique and great just the way they are. Teach your child that they don’t need to be someone else but are wonderful as anyone else.

Constance Stadler

Sis’ Tiny Trip by Norma Jean Kelly considers the connections between fantasy and reality. In the beginning, we meet Eddie and his sister. When they watch a movie together, Sis admires the resourcefulness of the main character, while Eddie thinks he’s better than him and everyone else. What follows is an Alice in Wonderland-type adventure where everything is not what it would ordinarily seem. When Sis is astonished to find a boat to take her on a solo journey, she sees the world differently—from a non-working drawbridge to a startling family of ducks and a most unusual ladybug. Eager to return, a neighbor’s dog helps her come back home. Upon waking the next morning, she is positive it was all a dream. Eddie’s complaint raises more questions than answers about what is real.

The lesson of Sis’ Tiny Trip is a variant of the adage: Be careful what you wish for. The idea of what it really means to have a wish granted without thinking about the possible consequences can make the world appear to transform, but not always for the better. As Norma Jean Kelly details, when Sis found a solo exploration incredibly exciting, she initially thought it was just what she wanted. As the trip became increasingly ominous, she wanted to go home, where she would return to “normal” life. The surprise ending might make a young reader think that finding ways to be content in the life you lead is just as important as what you can imagine.

Pikasho Deka

Do you like adventure stories? If you're ready for an exciting adventure, waste no more time and start reading Sis's Tiny Trip by Norma Jean Kelley. This fun-filled picture book follows the story of a little girl and her adventures when one day, she wakes up squashed in size, ending up being smaller than everyone and everything around her. Seeking to accompany her older brother, Eddie, who was fishing by the stream, the little girl ventures outside and arrives at the stream, which due to her size, now looks larger than ever. Running out of ideas, the tiny girl hops onto a small boat and floats by the water, witnessing horses and ducks going by their daily business along the way. Now, she must go home, but how?

This kind of book instills a love for animals in children from a tender age. Sis's Tiny Trip is a picture book for kids who love adventures and stories featuring animals. Author Norma Jean Kelley tells a wholesome tale about a young girl and her unexpected adventures in an easy-going writing style that children are bound to love. Alongside the story, each page is covered with beautifully drawn artwork that complements Kelley's writing and enhances the book's features. I liked the relationship between Eddie and his sister and the playful banter among the siblings. Including animal characters in the book brings out the sort of reaction in the little girl you want all kids to have. All in all, an entertaining adventure tale for kids.

Keith Mbuya

Sis, her elder brother Eddie, and their parents had just watched a movie that Sis was impressed with. The movie was about a kid who was left home all on his own and he was able to protect himself and his home. While Sis feels admiration for the boy in the movie for his smartness, Eddie thinks the boy is a smart aleck. As Sis argues with Eddie about this, she finds herself wishing that she’d love to be tiny and watch Eddie in the same situation as that of the boy. But then, the words “Be careful what you wish for because it just might happen” really hit home to Sis the next day. Sis wakes up to a world where everything seems extremely larger than usual. Find out what happens to Sis in Norma Jean Kelley’s Sis’ Tiny Trip.

Lovers of children’s adventure and fantasy books will find Norma Jean Kelley’s Sis’ Tiny Trip an enthralling read. Kelley forges a fascinating plot, whisking me away from reality and hauling me into a world of endless imagination. The images accompanying the storyline added color to the plot and served well to satisfy my imagination. Through Sis’ story, young dreamers will learn that the common statement “Be careful what you wish for because it just might happen” may not be only empty words after all. The lesson that being wishful of bad or good things toward ourselves or others can have real consequences will help positively influence and nurture kids to always be well-intentioned and kind-hearted.