Tobor the Carry-On Robot [NOOK Book]

Overview

Tobor the Carry-On Robot is a middle-grade novel for ages nine and older; it is not only an entertaining adventure but also extremely educational. Included are current photographs of various sites in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong, as well as several taken during the Vietnam War.

IT JUST ISN’T FAIR. Kids have to go to school while adults get to travel to all sorts of cool places. For example, young Sean Maclure’s grandparents ...
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Tobor the Carry-On Robot

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Overview

Tobor the Carry-On Robot is a middle-grade novel for ages nine and older; it is not only an entertaining adventure but also extremely educational. Included are current photographs of various sites in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong, as well as several taken during the Vietnam War.

IT JUST ISN’T FAIR. Kids have to go to school while adults get to travel to all sorts of cool places. For example, young Sean Maclure’s grandparents have planned an awesome Asian trip. Sean ponders this situation and comes up with a plan. He asks his grandfather to build a robot—one that can collapse into a carry-on bag for airline travel. The robot could take pictures and supply narrations of the trip, which could be transmitted to him and his sisters via the Internet. Sean’s older sister, Carolyn, scoffs at his totally lame idea. His younger sister, Allison, offers Plan B: she is yet to enter elementary school and can accompany the grandparents on the trip. Sean’s plan comes to fruition on Christmas morning when the grandparents show up with Tobor. The kids spend a few weeks with Tobor and become the envy of the children in their neighborhood and their schools. The goodbyes are tearful when the grandparents depart for the airport with Tobor, bound for Singapore. After a few days in the fine city (Tobor explains the adjective), they board a cruise ship that stops at ports in Thailand and Vietnam. They disembark in Hong Kong, where they spend several days in the fascinating city before returning home.

Each day, Tobor transmits a narration and a series of photographs to Sean and his sisters; this information gives the kids an up-close-and-personal peek at the travel experiences. Tobor not only gives the children a glimpse of foreign lands but also provides information on a variety of topics, such as why flamingos are pink, the nuances of the Chinese calendar, and the Thai greeting, known as the wai. Although Tobor has an extensive on-board database, which can be enhanced by searching the Internet, he initially is extremely naïve. However, as the story progresses, he becomes less robotic and more human. Furthermore, his learning experiences develop his unique personality. In addition to visiting many fascinating places, Tobor and the grandparents become acquainted with each country’s equally fascinating residents.

Not uncommonly, travelers experience bumps in the road, and this trip is no exception. Several misadventures occur, one of which almost results in the destruction of Tobor.
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Editorial Reviews

Editor - SCRBLER SCRBLER
One boy who wanted to go with his grandparents to Asia was disappointed that he had to stay behind and go to school, but having his own personal robot along on the trip was almost as much fun as going with them - and in some ways even better. This entertaining story allows young readers to share the travel adventures, too, complete with photographs and descriptions of the family's trip. Everyone comes up a winner in this charming book.
Senior Media Relations Rep, UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations - Mark Wheeler
[Granddad] builds a walking, talking robot, one that would compact down and make itself into a suitcase for easy travel. The travels of this clever robot is a sly way for children to learn about the culture and history of Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore. Grandparents Charles and Elizabeth have their personal tour guide in Tobor by day; by evening he reports back to the three grandkids with sound and pictures and all the adventures of the day.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148491286
  • Publisher: Robin Wulffson
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Robin Wulffson is a California native and a graduate of the UCLA School of Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Lifetime Fellow of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. After graduating from medical school, he served a one year internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He then served two years in the US Army. His first tour of duty was a year in Vietnam as a battalion surgeon; he was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He spent his second year at Kenner Army Hospital in Virginia where he served in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. Following his army service, he completed a three-year residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles. After almost three decades of private practice, he transitioned to a career in freelance writing, primarily in the healthcare field. He is the author of two previous adult novels: “Avalon” and “An Improbable Cause.” For the past several years, he has published healthcare articles on the Internet.
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