Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli and Illustrated by David Slonim

To be perfectly honest, the reason that I chose this book was because my mom recently got a Yorkie puppy that they named Matilda. One of the nicknames that they have for her is Silly Tilly. That is why I chose it but it isn't necessarily why I ended up liking it so much. It was so cute! The book is 29 pages long and it tells the story of a goose named Tilly and the silly things that she does. " She wore a pancake as a hat. She tried to ride the farmer's cat. She kissed a fish. Imagine that!" One day the other animals on the farm confront Tilly and tell her that she is too silly and she needs to stop her crazy antics. So she does. Time passes and the animals begin to realize that they miss the old Tilly because she made them laugh. They realize that they really did love Tilly for who she was and they all go and apologize to poor Tilly. It isn't long before she is back to her old self. "She glues blue glitter on the plow and turns six cartwheels on the cow. And all the farm is happy now!" The sentences in this book were short and to the point, it was descriptive but not wordy. The thing that I really liked about this book beside the fact that it was so amusing was that it rhymed. Rhyming books are nice because it helps kids with word sounds by providing like sounds-plus they are just fun to read and the stories flow nicely! The pictures were also very nice. I particularly liked that they all looked like they were hand painted and very animated.

Since this was such a simple book, I would say that it is probably more appropriate for a younger reading audience. Students in kindergarten through second grade would probably enjoy this book the most because the humor is aimed more at little ones. Another good thing about this book is that there is a lesson to be learned here. You should be open to accepting people for who they are because everyone has something special to give.

Also! Look for other books about Silly Tilly :-)

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