Friday, December 3, 2021

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again - Dan Santat

Summary: My name is Humpty Dumpty.  

I'm famous for falling off a wall.  

(You may have heard about it.)  

But that's only half the story...

Because I decided to get back up.  

And when I did, something amazing happened.

This story is about my life...AFTER THE FALL.

Inspiring and unforgettable, this epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme will encourage even the most afraid to overcome their fears, learn to get back up -- and reach new heights.  (Summary from book flap - Image from

My Review:  A friend raved about reading After the Fall to her five little girls and she was so excited that I knew that I needed to take a look for myself.  We've all heard the story.  Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, had a great fall, and neither human or equine assistance could put him back together.  It's really quite tragic.  

Or is it?  

I'm going to let readers in on a little known secret -- Humpty survived!  And okay, he's been through something pretty traumatic, terrified of heights, and constantly worried that bad things will happen, but eventually he learns to face his fears and enjoy life.  Humpty Dumpty gets back up on that wall with his beloved birds and what happens next is it's just. so. perfect.  Readers of all ages will enjoy this happily-ever-after.

Dan Santant brings readers the rest of the story in a way that is both moving and insightful.  Initially, I was a little disappointed that it wasn't in rhyming verse but overall I think the sweet message more than makes up for the lack of poetry.  Readers might even notice some meaningful parallels between Humpty's journey and their own.  After the Fall was a beautiful story and a tender testament to our ability to overcome trauma and be who we were always meant to be.  

My Rating: 4 Stars

For the Sensitive Reader:  Even though the book never mentions a diagnosis, Humpty seems to be struggling with depression and anxiety following his fall.  This might be emotionally difficult for some readers.

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