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


Gobble-gobble. Gobble-gobble.

What a horrible noise!

I can't stand the sound of my voice!

Toodles doesn't like herself. Her legs are skinny, her feathers are brown, and her head has no hair. Most of all, she hates her Gobble-gobble. All that changes when Toodles saves the day with her super-confident, super-empowering, super-turkey ...

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Gobble-gobble. Gobble-gobble.

What a horrible noise!

I can't stand the sound of my voice!

Toodles doesn't like herself. Her legs are skinny, her feathers are brown, and her head has no hair. Most of all, she hates her Gobble-gobble. All that changes when Toodles saves the day with her super-confident, super-empowering, super-turkey Gobble-gobble!

With lively rhymes and funny illustrations, this book will have kids laughing out loud while they learn to accept their own Gobble-gobbles.

An extensive Note to Parents relays additional information and strategies for helping kids overcome a lack of confidence and self-esteem.

Disliking her appearance and the gobbling noise she makes, Toodles the Turkey tries to persuade other animals to give her their sounds.

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Editorial Reviews

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
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 340,172
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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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