Book Title: Toddler Tootsies Take on the Day! by Marsha Nowakowski
Illustrator: Joan Coleman
Category: Children’s NonFiction, 34 pages
Publisher: Lanier Press
Release date: January 23, 2018
Tour dates: Jan 29 to Feb 9, 2018
Content Rating: G
Welcome to the wonderful world of Matt and Mattie, where every day is a learning adventure! Just as our ten toes help our bodies balance, Matt and Mattie’s ten daily habits help toddlers learn balanced behaviors that will guide them in leading happy, healthy childhoods.
Matt and Mattie’s Adventures makes everyday habits fun, balanced, and adventuresome for toddlers. Marsha’s own adventures include travel, horseback riding, and reading. She also enjoys golf, baseball games, and sailing with her husband. According to Marsha, every day is an adventure!
What do you find children like most about Toddler Tootsies Take on the Day?
I have found that it’s definitely discovering the hidden toe icons scattered throughout the book! The toddlers get so excited to search for the cute-dressed tootsies that they can’t wait for the next page. They become very engaged immediately and quite proud of themselves for their discoveries. Because they are so excited during the first reading, they ask to have the book read again. The second reading is a time to engage them in what choices they might like to select, such as what clothes to put on Matt or Mattie, what foods to eat in the morning, what activities they like to learn, why they clean up after playing, and even what they like to play. You can learn a lot about the toddlers during a book reading by the choices they choose. During a preschool reading to twenty children, they were each given a random tootsie icon attached to a straw, and when we came to an icon in the book, they raised their straw. It was amazing to see the teamwork ensue with the group. They started pointing to who had the icon and became an excited team! With this intent and excitement, the lessons this book teaches become more familiar with each subsequent reading.
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