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

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

by Marcella Bakur Weiner, Jill Neimark, JoAnn Adinolfi (Illustrator)
 

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One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is a sense of self -- worth. Children who lack this feeling often express it as "not liking" a part of themselves. I Want Your Moo is a beautifully written and illustrated tale about self—esteem that features Toodles, a turkey who despises the sound of her "gobble gobble." Children will identify

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One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is a sense of self -- worth. Children who lack this feeling often express it as "not liking" a part of themselves. I Want Your Moo is a beautifully written and illustrated tale about self—esteem that features Toodles, a turkey who despises the sound of her "gobble gobble." Children will identify with Toodles, her struggle for self—acceptance, and eventual victory over self —doubt when she "saves the day" by using the very voice she so dislikes. Each reading will help to reinforce a child's feeling that all of his or her attributes are a valuable part of a unique and good self.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marcella Bakur Weiner, Ed.D., is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Professor of Psychology at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Dr. Weiner also maintains a private practice. She has published numerous books and journal articles, has trained and lectured to audiences in the U.S. and abroad, and has appeared on many national television and radio talk shows. She is currently co -- host of the New York based radio talk show Choices.

Jill Neimark is an author and journalist living in New York. She is author of the acclaimed novel Bloodsong.

ILLUSTRATOR BIOGRAPHY: Jairo Barragan is a Columbian artist, illustrator, and cartoonist of international repute currently living and working in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Toodles the Turkey is a dissatisfied fowl willing to take on anyone's attributes except her own. She might have been content to remain a little yellow feather-ball with a neat "cheep-cheep." But now she's full grown with brown feathers, stick legs, and a gobble-gobble that is neither cute nor sweet, and she's in search of an alternate identity. She would do anything to have a great "Moo," but Cathy the Cow won't hear of it. So the turkey turns to others, begging for an "Oink," a "Neigh," a "Quack," a "Caa-aaw," and so on. The story is told with a light singsong, snappy rhythm that will keep children on their toes: Toodles "asked the duck for his Quack,/the goose for his Clack." The animals' expressions of disbelief are hilarious. Of course, there is wise advice from the owl, but it isn't until Toodles must employ all of her assets, including her "gobble-gobble," to rescue some young chicks that her strengths become self-evident. Lots of white space surrounds the mixed-media, cartoon-style drawings. This is a lighthearted take on a worthy subject, and a smart read-aloud.—Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
In this story about self-esteem, Toodles the Turkey is dissatisfied with her skinny legs, brown feathers, and especially with her "gobble-gobble." She goes to the cow, pig, horse, duck, goose, cat, and others to ask for their sounds. They all refuse her request. Finally she asks a rooster who agrees to share his cock-a-doodle-doo. He gives Toodles the "doodle-doo" part. The next morning when the rooster wakes Toodles to share in the wake up call, they find they cannot get cock-a-doodle-doo together properly. Toodles runs off. It is a wise owl who tells her that her sound is right for her. When Toodles saves the baby chicks from a hawk with her sound, her feathers, and fast legs, she accepts herself as she is. A long note to parents explains self-esteem, tells of signs that show low self-esteem, and suggests ways to help overcome it. Parents may be heartened by the suggestions in the note, but children will enjoy the silly story. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433805424
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,307,388
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

What People are Saying About This

Herbert M. Citrin
This delightful, humorous book can serve both as an early reader for all children and as a learning tool for special needs children. Children will laugh out loud while they learn. It undoubtedly should be in every child's library. (Herbert M. Citrin Executive Director, East River Child Development Center, New York City)
Terry Steinberg
As an educator for 25 years, it is refreshing and encouraging to read a story that enables us to laugh along with our children...I Want Your Moo enables you and your child to share a smile, while you explore the sensitive issue of self—acceptance. (Terry Steinberg Performing Arts Director, Grades Pre K׮th Community School District #22, Brooklyn, NY)

Meet the Author

Marcella Bakur Weiner, EdD, PhD, is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and professor adjunct at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She is also president of the Mapleton-Midwood Community Mental Health Center and was chief staff psychologist at the Park Slope Children's Center in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Weiner has authored twenty-four books and seventy-five journal articles, and she has been interviewed for numerous national television shows, radio talk shows, and magazine articles.

Jill Neimark is an author and science journalist. Her credits include the novel Bloodsong, which was a Book of the Month Club selection and published in five countries. Neimark's most recent book, coauthored with bioethicist Stephen Post, PhD, is Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life by the Simple Act of Giving, was awarded the Kama Prize in Medical Humanities by World Literacy Canada in 2008. She is currently working on a middle-grade children's novel, Pi Girl, to be published in early 2010.

JoAnn Adinolfi was born in New York City, on Staten Island. She is the author-illustrator of Tina's Diner and is the illustrator of Halloween Hoots and Howls and The Perfect Thanksgiving, among dozens of other children's books. She lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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