- Paperback: 24 pages
- Publisher: Outskirts Press (February 6, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1432716964
- ISBN-13: 978-1432716967
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,813,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
"Bouncing Billy" is A Learning Adventure book written by Ricky Pierce and Illustrated by Bobbi Switzer with beautiful pages of different balls and other toys that talk. The first ball you notice is the bright yellow of the sun, and this is a good place to talk a little about how clouds block the sun, but it is still there.
It is charming for a two-year-old; I just finished reading it to one of my favorite two-year-olds (twins) and he was enthralled. He pointed at the pictures of the balls and loved the bright blue cover.
Bouncing Billy has a very good moral to it; just because you are different, doesn't mean you are wrong.
It had been raining all week, and when the Friday morning sun broke through the clouds, all of the balls were excited. They hadn't been played with for a whole week, and each one wanted to be first. The balls and other toys which had been there the longest understood that each would have turns. They would be busy during recess. They were all chattering, except Billy.
Jan the Jump Rope asked why he wasn't happy. He told her about the round black spots on his side. Jan, wise as jump ropes go, told him that each toy was special. He would see. When kids wanted to jump, they chose Jan.
Billy couldn't imagine why anyone would want him, but didn't say anything to Jan. All of the toys tried to make Billy feel better, but it was the recess bell that did the trick.
Bouncing Bill was selected, and every time he went through basketball hoop he made a "Swoosh, swoosh, swoosh" sound. It was like Magic. He even found out why he had black spots on his side; to help with the swooshing sounds.
When the day was over. Billy declared it to be the best day ever. He wasn't worried about being different from the other balls, he knew he had a special purpose.
I love books that boost the self images of the kids who read them -- this one showed that being different was exactly what he should be, and he was happy.
We meet Bouncing Billy, a ball and all his friends who are anxiously awaiting the joyful play of children.
Billy is afraid that the children will not want to play with him because he looks different. He has black spots on his side and he doesn't understand why. He is encouraged by Jan the Jump Rope, Ted the Tennis Ball, and Fred the football, just to name a few. Each assure him that they are all different, but all have a purpose, can provide fun, and they are happy with the way they look.
As the children come out to play and Billy is chosen, he sees that when the children put their fingers on the black spots they can throw him through the basket much easier.
This makes Billy happy.
In this book children learn through play objects that come alive, the importance of accepting who they are and who others are. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and definitely enhance the read. I believe Billy will become a friend to many children. Great book, well done.