Dear Ms. Levine,
Hmm. Where should I begin? Oh, yes. When I was younger, like four or five, I was short. Ok, I’ve always been this little short shrimp of a person. What I’m trying to say is, I’ve been called munchkin because I’m short. I took in those comments, but I didn’t care. “Being short is the best thing that’s happened to you being ‘Who you are” “I told myself. Then I wondered, was it really?
I found an answer in your book Fairest.
As a fifth grader life begins taking itself up a notch, to a brand new level. You have to make decisions. In a way, Aza’s life was taking herself to the highest level of all. I felt myself being sucked into your book. Aza’s feelings affected my feelings. I understood Aza’s feelings toward herself. I wouldn’t want to be stared at like a drooling, dirty, smelly monkey in a zoo day after day.
Aza had a big decision to make. Just like me. Only her decision could be life changing. Completely different from mine. She could drink the potion or she could choose not to. What would I choose to do? I would ignore the potion and go along with being myself. Maybe I would always be short. But maybe, just maybe things will change.
What I’ve learned from your book is that life is like an elevator. You’re born and that’s just the beginning of one very big adventure. As life goes on you’ll climb up the elevator more and more. When finally you’ll reach the top. There life will take you to the extreme. It takes you places you’ve only dreamed about. I think that’s something I should keep in mind.
Your book has helped me understand myself and even the world around me. I think of myself as only one in very very many.