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Parachute by Danny Parker


by Danny Parker

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This book was about a young boy who carried around a parachute wherever he went! Wether it was breakfast, to the zoo, or climbing up to his tree house he had his parachute with him. When the boy was forced to save his cat from a very tall branch, he conquered his fear of heights and used his parachute to get his cat safely back to the ground. He then had to climb down the ladder on his own, and realized he was okay! He started carrying around his parachute less and less until he no longer needed it.

This book is amazing because the central message is conquering your fears, and trying new things. Children at this age have items such as blankets or dolls that they carry around to help them feel safe. Children can learn that they do not need these items to conquer everyday task which will then instill confidence. ( )
  mduran4 | Oct 17, 2016 |
Toby has a parachute that he wears everywhere. It helps him feel brave so that he can do things that are hard for him. But when his cat, Henry, is in trouble, Toby has to figure out how to save him. He sacrifices his parachute to help Henry, but that leaves him stranded in the tree house. He musters up the courage to go down the ladder by himself, and once he gets over his fear he slowly doesn't need his parachute anymore.
In the beginning of the book Toby cant leave the house without his parachute because it makes him feel safe. Throughout the book he realizes that he is brave enough without his parachute and can do things on his own. He grows up and can eventually ween himself off of his security blanket. ( )
  AnnaGossage | Sep 19, 2016 |
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3.5 Stars
A cute story. Toby (the MC) always carries a parachute, which acts as his "security blanket," but he uses it to help someone else and learns to be brave without it. Fun illustrations and a good theme (overcoming fears) for young children.

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  LibStaff2 | Apr 3, 2016 |
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My five year old daughter and I really enjoyed reading this book together! The illustrations are fabulous and do a great job of showing Toby's fear of heights in pictures without having to explain it with words. My daughter didn't quite catch on that he was carrying a parachute everywhere due to his fear of heights, but she did realize the photos were showing things from his imagination. After explaining it a bit to her, she understood it better. After Toby begins to face his fear, he loses the need for the parachute. This is a very sweet, well-done book. ( )
  CrookedLines | Mar 24, 2016 |
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SUMMARY: Toby wears a parachute wherever he goes. It helps him to get down from high places such as the top of his bunk bed and the chair at the breakfast table. It makes him feel safe when he goes high on the swings and comes down on the slide. But one day, his cat gets stuck high up in the tree above the tree house. Toby easily climbs up and floats the cat down on the parachute. This leaves him with a problem. How will he get down from the tree house without the parachute? Toby faces his fear in order to solve this sticky problem.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created digitally. They are very creative and large on the page for younger viewers. The illustrator does a great job at showing height perspective from Toby's eyes making things look taller than they really are. The illustrations are eye catching and the details drew me in.

REVIEW: This was an interesting tale about a boy who is afraid of heights, but finds a way (the parachute) to over come his fear in order to live his life to the fullest. And I love the fact that there is no instant lack of fear towards the end of the book when Toby faces his fear. Instead, Toby gradually takes more chances and uses his parachute less and less as he learns to feel safe without it. There is a bit of fantasy thrown into the illustrations, but it works because this is a story from Toby's eyes and mind. This is an all around great book to share with your child about fears and facing them. It's short and it's simple. Kids will love it.


NOTE: I received free copy of this book from Library Thing and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  mmcbeth29 | Mar 22, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802854699, Hardcover)

Toby doesn’t like heights. That’s why he always carries a parachute with him. His parachute makes him feel safe when he has to climb down from his bunk bed or when he’s playing on the swings. But one day, Toby’s cat gets stuck in a tree, and it’s up to Toby to rescue him. With the help of his parachute, Toby reaches his cat and lowers him safely to the ground. But now Toby is stuck in the tree, unless he can conquer his fears...

This compelling book, perfectly complemented by Matt Ottley’s expressive artwork, lends a sympathetic ear to children’s fears while simultaneously assuring readers that they can overcome them.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 04 Jan 2016 23:23:59 -0500)

"Toby is afraid of heights, but when his cat gets stuck in a tree, Toby must face his fears in order to rescue him"--

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