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Toys Come Home: Being the Early Experiences of an Intelligent Stingray, a…

by Emily Jenkins

Series: Toys Go Out

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Alternate title: Toys With Existential Angst. I do like this one lots better than the second one, but it's not as brilliant as the first. Learning about where all the toys came from was a lot of fun. I should have guessed that Sheep was an heirloom. I thought Lumphy was a little whiny here, but maybe it was his inexperience that made him so. Which is to say, why yes, I do believe I'm invested in these characters. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
I recently discovered an amazing video online (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKVcQnyEIT8&feature=youtu.be) that reminded me of all of the wonderful books I've read where toys come alive and have fun when no one is looking. The video also reminded me that Toys Come Home -- the third book of a series that began with the wonderful Toys Go Out -- is available, so I reserved it from the library. We absolutely loved the other two books and the author's both touching and hilarious writing style, so we unanimously and enthusiastically decided this would be our next read aloud. My girls, at 10 and almost 13, are older than the target audience (6-9) of the book, yet still gave themselves completely into the hands of the author, laughing helplessly over the antics, musings, friendship, and bravery of characters who are now like old friends. We all agreed that this book is proof that books and reading are magic, magic, magic. Toys Come Home tells the story of the beloved toys from Toys Go Out and Toy Dance Party, including how they came to live in the Girl’s room, and how they came to be friends. If you have not discovered these books, I urge you to read them, but I have to warn you that I’m pretty sure a lot of the magic comes from reading them aloud. If there is a child in your life, you both are in for a treat. If not, I still think you should read these books aloud -- to an old teddy bear (he will love them), or even your towel (towels are wise and patient, and when folded and stacked in a linen closet, will sing old folk songs together).

Curriculum: Great mentor text for point of view. What would your toys say if they wrote YOUR story?

Jenkins, E. & Zelinsky, P. (2011). Toys come home. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375862005, Hardcover)

Here is the third book in the highly acclaimed Toys Trilogy, which includes the companion books Toys Go Out and Toy Dance Party.

"[A] timeless story of adventure and friendship to treasure aloud or independently," raved Booklist in a starred review. Fans of the series, as well as newcomers, will happily discover how Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic came to live with the Girl. In six linked adventures, readers will also learn how the one-eared Sheep became one-eared; watch a cranky toy meet an unfortunate end; and best of all, learn why it's okay for someone you truly love to puke on you. Here is perhaps the most charming of three inimitably charming books destined to become classics.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:46:41 -0400)

When a little girl gets a plush stingray for her birthday, it makes friends with some of her other toys as they all try to navigate in the world of real people.

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