Miss Tizzy

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Overview

The neighbors may think Miss Tizzy quite peculiar, but the children love her. They love her colorful house and her colorful clothes, but most of all they love the special attention she pays to them all.
Together, they bake cookies, make pictures full of sunshine and butterflies for folks who have stopped smiling, play dress-up, put on puppet shows and parades, or stretch out on bright quilts in Miss Tizzy's backyard of an evening to sing moon ...

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Overview

The neighbors may think Miss Tizzy quite peculiar, but the children love her. They love her colorful house and her colorful clothes, but most of all they love the special attention she pays to them all.
Together, they bake cookies, make pictures full of sunshine and butterflies for folks who have stopped smiling, play dress-up, put on puppet shows and parades, or stretch out on bright quilts in Miss Tizzy's backyard of an evening to sing moon songs.
When Miss Tizzy becomes ill and takes to her bed, the children know just what to do to let her know she is missed and loved. Here's a picture book certain to touch the hearts of children of any age.

The eccentric Miss Tizzy, a beloved friend to all the children in her neighborhood, needs their help in remaining happy when she is sick in bed.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An elderly woman plays games and bakes cookies with a multi-cultural group of neighborhood children, until she falls ill. The children think of a week's worth of ways to show her they care. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Shalini Murthy
With her vivid watercolors, Rowland captures perfectly the character of the endearing Miss Tizzy, the beloved grandma-like figure to all the children in her neighborhood. With her purple hat and her pink house with the overgrown garden, Miss Tizzy is considered quite eccentric by the grown-ups in her neighborhood, but the children love her. Along with Miss Tizzy, the children bake cookies, play dress-up, put on puppet shows and make pictures. In Miss Tizzy's house the kids get to be kids. When Miss Tizzy becomes ill, the children know just what to do to make her feel loved and missed. They bake cookies for her and put on puppet shows to show their love for her. A heart warming story that is sure to be a hit with young children.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Miss Tizzy, an elderly, somewhat eccentric black woman, lives in an idyllically multiethnic neighborhood. All of the houses are neat and white, with treeless, orderly yards-except for hers. She has a pink house and a lovely, overgrown garden, resplendant with flowers that spill out onto the sidewalk. The local children-about 10 of various ages-spend a lot of time with her, and the book describes what they do together on each day of the week. Every couple of pages end with the annoying refrain, ``And the children loved it.'' However, in the only picture depicting parents, the two on-looking grownups don't look exactly thrilled-in fact, a mother's lips are turned down in a sad frown. One day (and perhaps it's from the strain of all that playing), Miss Tizzy falls ill, and her friends take her gifts and try to amuse her. Rowland's watercolor illustrations reflect the sweetness of the text, and are pleasant and pretty. Unfortunately, the story line is cloying and contrived, and no real sense of community comes across.-Vanessa Elder, School Library Journal
Denia Hester
Everyone's had a Miss Tizzy in their neighborhood--or should have had. She was the woman, or sometimes a man, who was like a bonus grandparent. That person could always be counted on for a warm hug, a good story, a sweet treat, or all of the above. So it is with Miss Tizzy, who ministers to the neighborhood children, resplendent in her green high-top sneakers and her purple hat. Miss Tizzy's days are busy, filled with kid-centered activities like cookie baking, puppet plays, and impromptu parades. There are quiet times too--like Sunday nights in the backyard listening to Miss Tizzy sing songs about the moon. When Miss Tizzy falls ill, her faithful legion returns the favor and shower hers with music, gifts, and laughter. "And she loved it." Rowland's soft but vivid watercolors fit the bill perfectly and are as warm and inviting as the grand lady herself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671775902
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 450,559
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.21 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Libba Moore Gray has been an actress, a dancer, and for twenty years a teacher of high school English and drama. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in a number of literary magazines, but Miss Tizzy is her first writing for children.
Ms. Gray's four children include a businessman, a ballerina, a teacher, and a professional clown. With her husband, Robert, she makes her home in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2001

    One of the best

    Miss Tizzy is one of the best books ever written to teach the cycle of life. It does it with joy and compassion. It enriches children and invites adults. I recommend it to all people.

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