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Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic Paperback – Illustrated, September 9, 2008
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About the Author
Paul O. Zelinsky is the illustrator of Dust Devil, a New York Times Notable Book and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winner. He received the Caldecott Medal for his retelling of the classic fairy tale Rapunzel, as well as three Caldecott Honors, for Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Swamp Angel. His illustrations for Toy Dance Party were called “superlative” in a starred review by Kirkus Reviews. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more at paulozelinsky.com.
- Lexile measure : 670L
- Grade level : 1 - 4
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385736619
- Item Weight : 3.67 ounces
- Product dimensions : 5.19 x 0.35 x 7.63 inches
- Publisher : Yearling (September 9, 2008)
- Reading level : 6 - 9 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When my 9 year old daughter saw this book come in the mail she was elated! Her teacher read it at school and she was so excited to hear it again. I was surprised by her enthusiasm considering that she had already heard the story and knew what was going to happen. She kept saying that she can't wait for us to find out what "Plastic" is.
This was the first chapter book that I read aloud to my 4 (almost 5) year old.She was very invested in the story and didn't want me to stop reading. I read it at bedtime for 20 minutes over 3-4 nights. It held both my children's interest, it never dragged and there were enough illustrations to transition my youngest over to chapter books.
The toys experience emotions like jealousy, worry, anxiety, self identity, joy and friendship.
Each story is relatable and there were many questions that I could ask my daughter.
Examples of questions I asked:
- Why do you think the little girl likes to sleep with sting ray? Which stuffed animal do you like to sleep with?
-What do you think would happen if you put your stuffed animal in water. Would it sink? float?
There were a few words that I preferred not to say out loud in the story like "stupid" and "shut up". Reading this aloud made it easier to skip them.
This would also be a great book for a child to read independently. I'd say suitable for probably 2nd-3rd grade up. As a read aloud, I think it's suitable for children ages 4 1/2 +.
(PS I did slightly edit my reading of the first few pages, which involve one of the toys falling into a garbage can, because my own daughter is grossed out by stuff like that, but that was just an idiosyncratic thing in relation to her, and just in one place. She can handle pirates and dinosaurs but not the word "stinky.")
Both our kids (8 and 10) loved this book, as did both of the grownups. My son's 3rd-grade teacher bought it for the class after reading it on our recommendation. We loved it.