Thursday, December 29, 2011

Review for Tom The Tamer by Tjjbbe Veldkamp and Philip Hopman

An Imaginative Adventure On How To Conquer Fear!

Tom the Tamer

  • Reading level: Ages 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Lemniscaat USA; Illustrated edition (November 15, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1935954059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935954057

  • Description:

    Tom’s father is afraid of animals. The father learns through Tom's creativity and courage that he can conquer his fear.


    Tom is a talented boy who has a truly amazing gift--he can tame any kind of animal he wants to do tricks. He creates a trampoline for the snails in the garden, who love to jump on it. The squirrels in the trees are having fun on the trapezes Tom made for them as they swing by as if they were apart of a circus act flipping about.

    The problem is that no matter how creative Tom is in the development of activities for his animal friends, his father refuses to come outside and look at any of his new inventions. Tom's father is afraid of animals, even butterflies, so he stays indoors where it's safe. But wanting to spend time with his father, Tom comes up with another idea. He brings the animals indoors to him in the lieu of furniture. But will his masterful plan help conquer his father's fear of animals, or only add to it? Good intentions sometimes don't work out as planned, or do they?

    Tom the Tamer is a fun and imaginative adventure that will delight readers ages 4 and up, with it's interesting 32 page tale on  how to conquer a father's fear of animals. The author, Tjibbe Veldkamp, uses many different types of animals to accomplish Tom's goal from various climates and habitats, which young animal lovers will notice right away. This lends to the hilarity of the story, yet reinforces the fact that the story swims with fiction. The illustrator, Philip Hopman, has created charming illustrations that balance the text and fills it with life. Children of all ages will be able to live in Tom's imagination during the reading of the story and will relish in the outcome.   


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