Jill Neimark and Marcella Bakur Weiner, Authors
JoAnne Adinolfi, Illustrator
Magination Press, Fiction, 2013
Suitable for Ages: 4-8
Awards: 2012 Gold Medal Winner, Mom’s Choice Awards
Themes: Building Healthy Friendships, Best Friends, Animals
Opening: Toodles the Turkey had no best friend. She had oodles of playmates/And all kinds of play dates with Cathy the Cow and Omar the Owl/With Streaky the Barn Cat/And Boo-Boo the Barn Bat.”
Synopsis: Although Toodles has many friends who keep her busy, she feels lonely because she doesn’t have a best friend. One day by the pond she meets Teeny, a tiny white turkey who is also lonely. Toodles and Teeny spend the entire summer together eating berries and chestnuts, taking naps on the hillside, telling silly stories, fishing in the pond and chatting about everything. Back in the barnyard, the other animals miss Toodles and wonder why she isn’t playing with them anymore. They find Toodles and Teeny by the pond and are angry that they have been ignored all summer. Will Toodles have to make a choice?
Why I like this book: Jill and Marcella have written a very heartwarming book about the difficulties of childhood friendships. All children will relate to this entertaining story. The ending is very clever and satisfying. Building friendships is important to a child’s growth and self-worth. Children need to have both casual and fun friendships. They also need to have at least one best friend. JoAnn Adinolfi’s illustrations are colorful, bold, expressive and add to this engaging story.
Resources: The authors have written helpful back matter for parents to use as a guide with their children. Friendships are complicated and the author’s offer important tips for parents to help their children build healthy relationships. Their suggestions can lead to good discussion material with children. Check out friendships crafts that children can make. Make sure you visit Jill Neimark’s website. Jill is also the author of I Want Your Moo.
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