I Want Your Moo

I Want Your Moo9781433805424_p0_v1_s260x420I Want Your Moo: A Story for Children About Self-Esteem

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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About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

37 thoughts on “I Want Your Moo

  1. You say it’s not related to Thanksgiving… but I say isn’t it? A child who is learns self-worth and self-acceptance has a lot to be thankful for! Take it from someone who wishes she could sing, I’ve learned to be happy with my own gobble-gobble!


    • I surrender! You got me. Learning about self-acceptance is something to be thankful for! Yes, I lost my singing voice and many other things too, and had to get used to a different gobble-gobble.


  2. Pat this looks like a great one with a wonderful message. From the opening line, I’m wondering is that a narrator or do the animals “talk” or use a combination of words and sounds? I will try to find this one. Thanks.


    • Stacy, the animals talk to Toodles. No animal wants to give away their own special sound. They each refuse her in their own funny way :-). When the rooster offers to give part of his cocka doodle do it doesn’t work out too well…he and Toodles don’t harmonize and the sounds come out wrong…but Toodles soon learns the power of her own gobble. And learns to value and like herself


    • There is narration. Toodles talks to the animals, but don’t want to give away their own sounds. Jill has answered your question. There are sounds and the animals speak their thoughts through bubbles off to the side. For instance in the opening the narration “Toodles the Turkey did not like herself. Her legs were like sticks.” And then you see bubbles containing Toodles thoughts…”Brown feathers! So ugly! Stick legs! Not hair! Yuk! I can’t stand the sound of my voice!” Very clever.


  3. Thank you so much for reviewing this, Pat. I am honored to find my work on your wonderful blog again. I do know some librarians who use Moo around turkey time as a fun read-a-loud and a few who use it as the basis of puppet shows.


    • Jill, it was a pleasure to review your book. I had fun with it. The more I think about it, I could see it being used around turkey time. Although, I first thought that she wanted another voice, so she didn’t end up dinner. But, you surprised me. My sister-in-law saw my review in her e-mail, and sent back a note that “Harvey” one of their Heifers said “Mooooo.”


  4. Great stuff! I once had a book a very long time ago (it was a present for my daughter, then 6) called The Learning Tree, I’m glad I’m me. It was such a lovely story. Sometimes the simple wisdom is the stuff that sticks in your mind and heart for all of your life.


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