Niamh Clune

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Kid’s Corner: Toodles and Teeny, important message about childhood friendship.

I often focus on the subject of Loneliness. Here is a lovely little book recommended by Patricia Tilton about childhood loneliness. Thank You Patricia!

Children's Books Heal

Toodles9781433811982_p0_v1_s260x420Toodles and Teeny:  A Story About Friendship

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…

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About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books.

2 comments on “Kid’s Corner: Toodles and Teeny, important message about childhood friendship.

  1. jillneimark
    May 3, 2013

    This is the author, Jill Neimark. Thank you *so* much for reblogging this review, and now I will bookmark your lovely blog, which I just discovered today 🙂


  2. Lovely


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