Too Many Toys


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 giveaway box. Is there any toy Spencer can freely give away? 

Young Reader (6):
Our daughter laughed at this story, especially the end. She loved exploring the piles of toys (and toy parts) on the pages.

Parent Perspective:
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.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Everyone can enjoy this story about kids and their toys. Together, the illustrations and story will give you plenty to share!

Content Awareness Factors:

Be prepared and keep an empty box nearby. Your kids may really get the message and head to their own closets.

Type of Book:
This is a humorous way of showing kids just how much STUFF they have...and how silly they sound.
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.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with girl nearly 7 years old.
Purchase Recommendation:
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.

Title Too Many Toys
Author David Shannon
Publisher Blue Sky Press © 2008
Illustrators David Shannon
ISBN 9780439490290
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Humor
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