Marcella Bakur Weiner and Jill Neimark, authors
JoAnn Adinolfi, Illustrator
Magination Press, Fiction, 2010
Suitable for Ages: 4-8
Themes: Animals, Self-esteem, Sounds, Turkeys
Opening: “Toodles the Turkey did not like herself. Her legs were like sticks. Her head had no hair. Her feathers were brown. But most of all, Toodles hated her sound. Gobble-gobble. Gobble-gobble. What a horrible noise!”
Synopsis: Toodles doesn’t like the sound of her own voice and goes searching for a new sound. She want’s Cathy the Cow’s strong ”Mooo-oooo-oooo.” She wants Paris the Pig’s “Oink” and Harry the Horse’s “Neigh,” and the cat’s “Mee-oow.” They all refuse. But, Ralph the Rooster invites Toodles to join him in a duet of “Cocka-cocka! Doodle -doo!’ But, that didn’t go over well and Toodles runs away. Defeated, Toodles runs into the very wise Omar the Owl “Whoo-whoo” gives her advice. She wanders back into the barnyard, just in time to save the day with her Gobble-gobble. Will Toodles ever be happy with her sound?
Why I like about this book: Kids will have fun making all the wonderful animal sounds. Weiner and Neimark have written a lively and lyrical book that will captivate young children. This is a great book to add to your collection to boost your child’s self-esteem. Adinolfi’s bright and colorful illustrations explode off each page. The expressions she captures of the animals are hilarious. Jill is also the author of Toodles and Teeny, which I reviewed last spring.
Resources: There is a forward and back pages for parents talking about building a child’s self-worth and offering practical advice for guiding children toward self-acceptance. This book offers so many teaching moments. Have children act out the animal characters and draw pictures of Toodles and the other animals. It is also a great classroom book.
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