Toddler: Real-Life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love [NOOK Book]

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These clever, succinct and poignant tales capture all the hilarity, magic and chaos of raising these complex little people. Poised between the baby’s and the child’s world, toddlers teach us to take joy in the roundness and the texture of a small yellow ball, in the comfort of a warm blanket, in the beauty of a spider web. They help us see the world differently with their wonderfully wacky–and occasionally surreal–interpretations of everyday ...
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Toddler: Real-Life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love

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Overview


These clever, succinct and poignant tales capture all the hilarity, magic and chaos of raising these complex little people. Poised between the baby’s and the child’s world, toddlers teach us to take joy in the roundness and the texture of a small yellow ball, in the comfort of a warm blanket, in the beauty of a spider web. They help us see the world differently with their wonderfully wacky–and occasionally surreal–interpretations of everyday objects. They exasperate us, defy us and devastate us, yet they fill us with a profound sense of awe.

Readers share in the joy a father feels when his daughter looks at him and exclaims "dada!" (and the disappointment that follows when she addresses her Sippy cup by the same name), in the struggle of a blind mother in keeping track of her very mobile two-year-old, in the frustration a mother–who is also a family doctor–feels when the potty-training advice she routinely gives to worried parents doesn’t work with her four-year-old triplets, and in the hilarious resignation of a father who comes to realize that even his bathroom time is now a family event.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580055185
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,327,130
  • File size: 542 KB

Meet the Author


A freelance writer, writing consultant, and photojournalist, Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., has worked on child survival and literacy projects in West Africa and spoken out against child slavery on prime-time TV in France. Her journalistic articles and nonfiction have appeared in Mothering Magazine, Exquisite Corpse, Sojourner, and Science and Children, among other magazines. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two toddlers. Toddler is her second book.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Walking 1
Everything Is Full of Dada 3
Lessons from Snake Boy 6
A Tale of Two Preschools 12
The Dinner Hour 19
Fly-fishing for Footwear 23
Caretaking 26
Mokeeho 30
Why Does Your Son Have a Phallus on His Head? 36
The Tea Party 44
Big Bird Is Just Big Bird 48
Pretender to the Throne 52
Willful Girl 56
Willy Walks 61
Slow to Warm 64
When the Unthinkable Happens 70
Our Drinking Problem 78
Eagle Moon 83
In Child Time 87
Pantless Superheroes and Chocolate Donuts 92
Snapshot Daddy 97
The Fires of September 102
Inchworm Turns Three 106
Field Notes from the Playroom Floor 113
Bedtime for Milo 118
I Not Spill 123
Floating Cups, Quicksand, and Sudden Death 128
Saving Sophie 134
Passing Clouds 138
Eye to Eye 143
Stinky Face 146
Is It Day Now? 154
After the Fall 161
Under My Skin 170
Deconstructing Little Boys 174
Love Bites 177
Sunday Bloody Sunday 181
Queen of the World 186
Playing with Potatoes 193
Fix Me 198
Possession 204
The Rules 207
An American Toddler in Mexico 213
Potty Prattle 218
On Becoming a Brother 223
The Box 226
Acknowledgments 231
About the Contributors 233
About the Editor 246
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2004

    Excellent Read/Great Gift!

    Jennifer Margulis has put together a superb collection of toddler stories. This is NOT a how-to book; it's real life stories that are inspirational, informative, and entertaining. It makes a great gift! In fact, I've given it to everyone I know who has (or is thinking of having) a toddler.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2003

    Soul stirring tales from the edge

    Finally, a literature of Toddlers! Like teenagers, they teeter at the edge of blissful ignorance and knowledge of the world. That makes them full of insight and wonder -- a bridge to consciousness from which we all can learn. These stories keep the full dramatic promise offered by this new genre: they entertain and mystify, providing us all with the wisdom those lucky enough to be parents get from their children. {Full disclosure: I knew the editor-in-chief back when she was a Toddler)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    The Best Collection of Parenting Stories I've Read

    The stories in this collection are extremely well-written, thoughtful, hilarious, devastating, and above all else-honest. These are true tales of what it's REALLY like to be a parent. I found myself both laughing and crying as I read-sometimes within the same paragraph.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2003

    Unconventional Fun!

    A must-read for parents and others whose eyes glaze over at standard toddler fare (e.g., how can Jimmy sleep better at night? how Suzie inspired me to be a better person). Edgy, witty, sarcastic, irreverent, and fun, the stories are like short episodes of great shows--just the good parts. I especially enjoyed Brett Paesel's view of her maternal insecurities and Priscilla McKinley's heartbreakingly uplifting portrait of blind motherhood. There's something for all readers here, but those who want a book that strays from the beaten path of parenting stories will be really satisfied.

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