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
     
 

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Toodles is a turkey who despises the sound of her "gobble gobble," her spindly legs, and her brown feathers. She just doesn't like herself at all! So she goes in search of a new voice, thinking it will bring her happiness. In this goofy, fun-filled quest, Toodles discovers that she's just the way she's meant to be, "gobble gobble" and all. Kids will identify with

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Toodles is a turkey who despises the sound of her "gobble gobble," her spindly legs, and her brown feathers. She just doesn't like herself at all! So she goes in search of a new voice, thinking it will bring her happiness. In this goofy, fun-filled quest, Toodles discovers that she's just the way she's meant to be, "gobble gobble" and all. Kids will identify with Toodles' struggle with insecurity. I Want Your Moo is a silly and funny lesson in self-acceptance and self-esteem. And it's perfect to read aloud to kids! This new edition contains playful illustrations and a Note to Parents, written by the authors, that provides practical ways to help parents help their kids feel great about themselves!

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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
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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433805523
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
443,211
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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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)

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