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Publisher: The Blue Sky Press, an Imprint of Scholastic, Inc.,
Material: hard cover
Summary: From wood to plastic, from stuffed to noisy. It seems everyone gave Spencer toys...even the dentist! You name the toy, Spencer has it. And now mom and dad have had it. So Spencer and Mom look at each and every toy, negotiating which ones will go in the give-away box. Is there anytoy Spencer can freely give away? This is a humorous way of showing kids just how much STUFF they have...and how silly they sound.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, easy reader, learning to read, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Read with girl nearly 7 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter laughed at this story, especially the end. She loved exploring the piles of toys (and toy parts) on the pages.
Adult Reader Reaction: Oh, so true! It's hard not to give away the ending, but it will take you back to your child's days as a toddler when, in the end, the simplest things were the best toys. Through humor, the author gets his message to kids.
Pros: Everyone can enjoy this story about kids and their toys. Together, the illustrations and story will give you plenty to share!
Cons: Be prepared and keep an empty box nearby. Your kids may really get the message and head to their own closets.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a book that you'll want to pull out at least once a year, probably until the kids outgrow the sit-around/move-around toys.
Educational Themes: There is so much you can do with this book. The first thing is grab a box and challenge your kids to reduce their own pile of toys. Make it a valuable life lesson and go together to a shelter or center where they can see that there are children who will adore their toys just like they did. You can also explore the ideas of wealth, greed, growing up (and that it's Okay to let go of things you used to like), and personal responsibility, to name a few.
Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 4.7
The Reading Tub, Inc. read a pre-release edition of this book.