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Toby's Very Important Question
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Toby's Very Important Question

By Jean Lemieux, Illustrated by Sophie Casson, Translated by Sarah Cummins

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Series: Formac First Novels

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On the morning after Christmas, Toby's family begins the day like any other holiday. All of a sudden everything changes when someone phones to tell them that Toby's aunt has died in a car accident. They pack up and drive to his grandparents' house in the country where all the family are gathered.
After the ceremony at the funeral home, everyone goes to the family home. Toby notices that although everyone is very sad, they are also able to smile, chat and even sing. He wonders why people can be both happy and sad. He also wants to know what happens when a person dies.
This story brings out all the questions a curious child might ask when someone dies in a family.

"This novel contains not only an interesting plot but proves thought provoking and informative. The characters are appealing ... ideal for beginning chapter-book readers."

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"Jean Lemieux tells Toby's story with great sensitivity and care. He leads children through the emotions Toby experiences in this situation from fear, anger, and helplessness through to acceptance. Sophie Casson's black and white drawings illustrate the emotions Toby experiences and the comfort he takes in his family. Toby's Very Important Question is an excellent book to introduce children to the emotions they might experience and the questions that they might ask in the face of the death of a loved one."

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 64 pages
Publication Date: 5th November 2004
ISBN: 9780887806360
Format: 7in x 4.25in
10 black and white illustrations

Binding: Hardback, 64 pages
Publication Date: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9780887806377
Format: 7in x 4.25in
10 black and white illustrations

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 27th July 2011
ISBN: 9781459500006
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV013000, JUV039050
Imprint: Formac

Interest age: From 5 To 10

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First Novels

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  • Engaging stories for early readers
  • Award-winning authors and illustrators
  • Chapter book format, with short chapters and amusing b&w illustrations
  • Reading level: grade 2.0-3.0
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"young readers will appreciate the accessible text, action-filled black-and-white illustrations and discrete chapters that end on suspenseful notes" — Kirkus Reviews

First Novels are humorous, easy-to-read novels that encourage children to begin reading on their own. The series features vibrant, loveable characters, age-appropriate plots and lively illustrations. The books deal with themes kids face every day such as teasing, friendship, competition and multiculturalism.