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Too Many Toys by David Shannon

Too Many Toys

by David Shannon

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Spencer is having a hard time getting rid of his toys, even know he has a mountain of them. Even though it is impossible for him to play with all of his toys, they all hold on to memories. After the purge of toys Spencer ends up having the best time with a box and his imagination. This book’s colorful vivid illustrations and great vocabulary to help teach kids words like catastrophic makes it perfect to read out loud to a class. I love this book because it is so relatable for children and parents. I am going through the same thing with my daughter with getting rid of her toys, and it seems like every little thing has some sort of sentimental value to her. ( )
  charlsea | Sep 16, 2017 |
This book shows that if you are not organized people could get hurt. Spencer has way to many toys and plays with them throughout the book. They are located everywhere throughout the house and outside the house. Some of his toys fueled his mind while others just were for entertainment. His mom and dad became aggravated with all the toys and let him know that some of them have to go. Spencer wants to keep them all and makes a story up about every last one of them and persuades his mother there all his favorite. Finally in the end of the story he was suppose to put his remaining toys in a cardboard box, but instead he made the box a toy in itself. His room was a mess and he was playing in the box. At the end of the story he agreed with his mother about him having to many toys. The illustrations in the book are very colorful and keep you focused and entertained. Your own imagination are the best toys of them all! ( )
  Gsmith0930 | Sep 10, 2017 |
Summary: Too Many Toys is about a little boy named Spencer who has too many toys at home. He receives toys for his birthday, for holidays, and all kinds of occasions. But, his mother trips over them with the laundry, and his father steps on them, so one day his mother decides it is time to get rid of some toys. Spencer has a tough time, but finally agrees to get rid of some in a box...Until he decides that the box is the best toy of them all!

Personal Connection: I loved how relatable this story is- all of the children in my classroom could relate to having too many toys, AND the pain of stepping on a lego- OUCH! I also liked that Spencer enjoyed the box the best- could pair well with What To Do With a Box by Jane Yolen.

**Mentioned in class
-Book reading: http://www.scholastic.com/teacher/videos/teacher-videos.htm#3193873259001/191537...
-Author interview: http://www.scholastic.com/teacher/videos/teacher-videos.htm#3193873259001/191537...

Application to Teaching: Would work well in a David Shannon book study, would pair well with STEM activities (building with boxes)-what can YOU do with a box? Why is it such a good toy? Would work well with making text to self connections- do you have too many toys? What toys could you part with, which ones would you have to save? ( )
  alliecipolla | Jul 24, 2017 |
In this book, Spencer has so many toys that they begin to get in the way and his mom makes him go through them. After they finally fill a box with toys to get rid of, Spencer dumps the toys out because he doesn't want to get rid of the box. He wants to use the box as a toy.
This book is a good example of realistic fiction because the characters, setting, and situations are realistic. For example, it is very realistic that many people give children toys. It is also very probable the a child would have a hard time wanting to give away some of their toys. *be aware of classroom dynamics and background before using this book*
Media: paint? colored pencils?
Age Appropriateness: Primary
  khofer15 | Mar 2, 2017 |
This book is about a little boy who had loads of toys and his mom finally decided it was too much. She tried to make him throw some of his toys away, but he was difficult throughout the whole process. David Shannon is a great author and I love the illustrations in the book as well. This book is cute and an easy read. ( )
  knbenson6584 | Oct 13, 2016 |
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Caldecott Honor winner and bestselling author-illustrator David Shannon makes readers laugh aloud when young Spencer's mountain of toys becomes overwhelming. A book that will be read again and again.

Spencer has too many toys! His father trips over them, his mother falls over them, and the house is overflowing with junk. Now its time to give some of the mountain of goodies away, but Spencer finds it hard. In the end, he fills a box, but decides the one toy he can't part with is the box!

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Although he finally agrees that he has too many toys and needs to give them away, there is one toy that Spencer absolutely cannot part with.

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