Toys Come Home

Toys Come Home

Being the Early Experience of An Intelligent Stingray, A Brave Buffalo, and A Brand-new Someone Called Plastic

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"A bit like the great movie  Toy Story  and a bit like the wonderful Kate DiCamillo book  The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane . This is a great family book." -- The Washington Post  on  Toys Go Out,  the companion to  Toys Come Home
 
Here is the final book in the highly acclaimed Toys trilogy, which includes the companion books  Toys Go Out and  Toy Dance Party  and chronicles the unforgettable adventures of three brave and loving toys.
 
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. This is perhaps the most charming of three inimitably charming books destined to become classics.

A  Wall Street Journal  Best Children's Book of the Year
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Selection
 
"A timeless story of adventure and friendship to treasure aloud or independently. Wholly satisfying, this may well leave readers expecting to see the Velveteen Rabbit peeking in the bedroom window and smiling approvingly." -- Booklist,  Starred

"The best talking toy stories since  Winnie-the-Pooh. " -- Kirkus Reviews

"A book destined to be read to children at bedtime for decades (nay, centuries?) to come. It is rare that prequels exceed the books they are meant to simply introduce, but this is one of the few." --Betsy Bird,  A Fuse #8 Production
Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780375862007
Characteristics: 132 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Zelinsky, Paul O. - Illustrator

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courtws
Jan 01, 2014

Interestingly, I preferred this prequel to the actual first book in the series, Toys Go Out, which (if memory serves) won all sorts of awards. Perhaps this one felt like it started the trio at the beginning -- because it did -- telling the reader how the favorite toys (a buffalo, plush stingray and plastic ball) entered into Girl's home and possession.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Dec 16, 2011

If you have to write a prequel to a popular children's book, it needs to make a certain amount of sense. Fortunately for all of us Toys Come Home makes oodles of caboodles of strudels of noodles of sense. Over the years children have asked Ms. Jenkins how Sheep lost her ear. Now that and a host of other questions (including some remarkably huge ones) are answered at long last in this endearing beginning to the beloved Toys Go Out series.

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Jan 01, 2014

courtws thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 7

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Dec 16, 2011

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 10

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Dec 16, 2011

How do special toys become beloved? Not in the ways you might imagine. StingRay, the stuffed sting ray, arrived too late to be a birthday present at The Girl's party. Faced with not being The Girl's favorite present she put up with the insufferable Bobby Dot (a walrus who wasn't very nice) until after helping rescue the Sheep and facing her fear of towels, she managed to become worthy of snuggling and cuddling on the high bed. Lumphy, the toughy little buffalo, was plucked from a bin full of teddies, proving his valor soon thereafter with a particularly energetic kitten. And Plastic's sheer energy and curiosity about the world leads the others to ask the ultimate question. Literally. In this way, we get to see how the characters of Toys Go Out and Toy Dance Party came to be who they are.

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