Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins

[ 0 ] February 8, 2008 |

Toys Go OutToday contributing writer, Katy Killilea shares one of her favorite children’s books with us.

My kids and I had so much fun reading this out loud, snuggled up together. This book is so dear — but never saccharine — and funny. I think it’s really a good choice for all ages. It held my kids’ rapt attention, and they are 4 and 6. For early independent readers, it has a few illustrations and short chapters.

In this story, we get to observe the lives of a little girl’s toys when she’s not at home. Each toy has a recognizable personality — the insecure, ignorant, arrogant Stingray, the boorish, down-to-earth Lumphy (a buffalo), the naive, idealistic Plastic (a ball). Their worries are the same things we humans worry about, no matter what our age: “Am I missing out on what’s really important?” “Am I loved?”

One favorite scene is the buffalo’s adventure in the washing machine. (The washing machine is also given a distinctive personality.) At our house, we always feel anxious when stuffed animals have to get washed — and worse, we have one of those washing machines with a window on the front so we can watch the poor thing get tossed about. But this story shows us that for Lumphy, who may be scared, a trip to the washing machine is an adventure — albeit one that makes him a bit queasy.

Buy the book: Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins

Category: books / stories

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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