TOAD IN TOWN
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Fully Illustrated Version
Picture Book for reading with the younger child - ages 3-6
This version of TOAD IN TOWN includes all the luminous illustrations just waiting to enchant children of any age, and especially the read-to set.
If the text-only version is better for your needs, then please click on TOAD IN TOWN in the Text-Only Version for the serious young reader - ages 6-9.
Happy reading in either Version.
TOAD IN TOWN will help young readers explore the positive aspects of change and identify techniques for coping with the challenges of moving and changing.
MOVING AND CHANGING - NEW EXPERIENCES
An English toad encourages optimism in the face of change.
Toad's life in the English countryside is nearly perfect. He has his meadow and his brook and a familiar stone to snuggle beneath. He has grasshoppers, beetles, and bugs of all sorts to eat. He has his friends-especially his friend rabbit.
There is no reason things shouldn't go on forever in this same pleasant way.
Then, one summer morning, toad is taken captive, stuffed into a boy's pocket, and transported from his happy home. When he finally manages to make his escape, toad finds that he has hopped headlong into an altogether new and different world.
This is the story of how toad copes with the loss of his comfortable home, old friends, and familiar ways-a story that will encourage young and old alike to greet change with optimism and good cheer.
Author Linda Talley's simple narrative is beautifully illustrated by Itoko Maeno. From moonglow over country meadows to lamplight on village cobblestones, her watercolors capture toad's town and country lives in radiant detail. Linda's expressive prose takes the reader right to the heart of the English countryside and the universal challenges of moving and changing.
A SURPRISE and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information"
"During the spring mating season, many toads crossing roads and highways to reach their breeding grounds are killed by automobiles. In England, toad crossing signs are posted along those roads most traveled by toads in these springtime migrations, warning motorists to watch out for toads on the roadway. Hundreds of volunteers in England also spend their spring evenings carrying toads across these roads in buckets."
Wonderful, is it not?
This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in interesting description.
A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with young readers about the message of the story...how to cope with the stress of moving and changing. So even though on the surface this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.
MAKING THE CASE FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION
If you are tired of bullying, teasing, youth violence, gangs, vandalism, drug abuse, sexual misconduct…
If you are tired of the crisis with our older youth…
If you want to help make a difference one tiny step at a time…
Then this is the eBook for your children ages 3-6.
Read WITH your children, discuss the concept and message…
and know that you are part of the movement sweeping America to bring back our important values by restoring character education in our homes and schools.
(signed) The Thoughtful Parent
JOAN'S eBOOKS LLC