What is a snake who only sings solo supposed to do when he gets laryngitis? You’ll find out when you pick up a copy of Sully’s Topsy Tale by Donna J. Shepherd.
In this final book in the Topsy Tales trilogy, Sully the Snake is so used to singing solo that when he gets laryngitis, he and the other animals aren’t sure how to deal with the silence. One by one, Sully’s friends take a turn at livening up the jungle, giving Sully time to rest his sore throat and teaching him a wonderful lesson in the process.
This is the first book in the series I’ve read. Now, I want to buy the other two. This is a fun, rhyming tale of friendship that teaches children to appreciate each other’s talents–an excellent lesson at any age.
Having also read Shepherd’s Poodle & Doodle, I can tell you this book is just as enjoyable as the story of that prissy little poodle who became upset when a mangy mutt was brought home. I’ve always enjoyed stories that assigned human characteristics to animals and used them to gently teach children important life lessons. Shepherd’s books accomplish this task well.
Kevin Collier is the illustrator for this one, which kind of surprised me. I can usually pick out Kevin’s work easily. While you can still see his style of wide, round eyes and bright colors, the lines coming more to a point, the jagged edges, and the color selection all blend together with this jazzy story to create a lovely compliment to the words.
Sully’s Topsy Tale is a story many youngsters are sure to enjoy!
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Sounds like another great book.
WOW, I love the plot of this book. You’ve gotta have wonderful sounds in the jungle! I think teachers would love this book for the classroom. Good luck with your sales.
Another nice review, Cheryl. Congratulations, Donna, on your new book. It sounds like so much fun. And the illustrations are super, Kevin. Looks like a winner to me.
The artwork for ALL the Topsy Tlaes is delightful. This Sully hits the jackpot !
Very cool story too.
Congratulations Donna – you did it again!!!
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Sounds like a book I would definitely like to read. I too, am very fond of books that uses animals to teach children valuable lessons. Thanks for sharing the review.
I too, am very fond of books that uses animals to teach children valuable lessons. Thanks for sharing the review.
Just another wonderful GAP book…great illustrations and great review!
Thanks for stopping by everyone.
I hope to interview one of your characters on my character blog. Congratulations on the rhymig fun. I wish I had that talent.
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Awww! Too cute!! Love the colors on the cover and sounds like a sweet story too. I always like stories that don’t portray snakes as the bad guys. They get such a bad rap. 🙂