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TImothy Tales From Hilltop School [Hardcover]

By Rosemary Wells (Author)
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Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.58" Width: 8.48" Height: 0.44"
Weight:   0.94 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 31, 2002
Publisher   Viking Juvenile
ISBN  0670035548  
EAN  9780670035540  
UPC  051488016991  

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Will Fritz get the world's first-ever toilet paper particle accelerator to work in time for Hilltop School's science fair? Will Charles find his voice when he chooses to be a shrieking eagle during bird week? How can Nora find the perfect gift for Yoko's birthday when her mother won't let her shop in the most expensive store in town? In these six wonderfully original stories-featuring the same beloved characters seen on PBS's Timothy Goes to School-Rosemary Wells depicts the ins and outs, the laughter and frustration, the skirmishes and the friendships that school children everywhere will relate to.

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More About Rosemary Wells

Rosemary Wells Rosemary Wells is the creator of many unforgettable children's book characters, including Max and Ruby, McDuff, and Yoko, each of whom stars in their own book series. She is also the author of perennial favorites about universal childhood experiences, such as Noisy Nora and Read To Your Bunny. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York.

Born in New York City, Rosemary Wells grew up in a house "filled with books, dogs, and nineteenth-century music." Her childhood years were spent between her parents' home near Red Bank, New Jersey, and her grandmother's rambling stucco house on the Jersey Shore. Most of her sentimental memories, both good and bad, stem from that place and time. Her mother was a dancer in the Russian Ballet, and her father a playwright and actor. Mrs. Wells says, "Both my parents flooded me with books and stories. My grandmother took me on special trips to the theater and museums in New York. "Rosemary Wells's career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books.

She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She has also given Mother Goose new life in two enormous, definitive editions, published by Candlewick. Wells wrote and illustrated Unfortunately Harriet, her first book with Dial, in 1972. One year later she wrote the popular Noisy Nora. "The children and our home life have inspired, in part, many of my books. Our West Highland white terrier, Angus, had the shape and expressions to become Benjamin and Tulip, Timothy, and all the other animals

I have made up for my stories." Her daughters Victoria and Beezoo were constant inspirations, especially for the now famous "Max" board book series. "Simple incidents from childhood are universal," Wells says. "The dynamics between older and younger siblings are common to all families."But not all of Wells' ideas come from within the family circle. Many times when speaking, Mrs. Wells is asked where her ideas come from. She usually answers, "It's a writer's job to have ideas." Sometimes an idea comes from something she reads or hears about, as in the case of her recent book, Mary on Horseback, a story based on the life of Mary Breckenridge, who founded the Frontier Nursing Service. Timothy Goes to School was based on an incident in which her daughter was teased for wearing the wrong clothes to a Christmas concert. Her dogs, west highland terriers, Lucy and Snowy, work their way into her drawings in expression and body position. She admits, "I put into my books all of the things I remember. I am an accomplished eavesdropper in restaurants, trains, and gatherings of any kind. These remembrances are jumbled up and changed because fiction is always more palatable than truth. Memories become more true as they are honed and whittled into characters and stories."

Rosemary Wells In Her Own Words

As far back as I can remember, I did nothing but draw. I discovered very early that making a picture of anything meant people saying, “Look at that!” How else could I get that kind of attention?

After high school, I went to the Museum School in Boston. At nineteen, I left school, married Tom Wells, and began a career as a book designer. Two years later, when my husband applied to the Columbia School of Architecture, we moved to New York City. I found a job as a designer at Macmillan, where I published my first book, Sing a Song, O!

My home life has inspired many of my books. Our West Highland white terrier, Angus, had the shape and expressions to become Benjamin, Tulip, Timothy, and all the other animals I have made up for my stories. He also appears as himself in a couple of books. My two daughters have been constant inspirations, especially for my Max books. Simple incidents from childhood are universal. The dynamics between older and younger siblings are common to all families. I am also an accomplished eavesdropper in restaurants, trains, and gatherings of any kind.

Writing for children is as difficult as writing serious verse. Writing for children is as mysterious as writing fine music. It is as personal as singing. Once the story is there, the drawings just appear. I feel the emotion I want to show; then I let it run down my arm from my face, and it goes out the pencil. My drawings look as if they are done quickly. They are not. First they are sketched in light pencil, then nearly rubbed out, then drawn again in heavier pencil. What appears to be a thick ink line is really a series of layers of tiny ink lines. When I finish these lines, the drawing is ready for color.

I have been writing and illustrating for almost 30 years. It has been a pure delight. There are hard parts, but no bad or boring parts — that is more than can be said for any other line of work that I know.

Rosemary Wells currently resides in Briarcliff Manor, in the state of New York. Rosemary Wells was born in 1943.

Rosemary Wells has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bunny Read's Back
  2. Max and Ruby (Paperback)
  3. Max Board Books
  4. Ruby
  5. Stuart Little

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Somewhat Problematic, But a Decent Set of Stories  Feb 4, 2006
This may not be the best storybook, and I also agree that the TV series is better, but this really isn't too bad a book.

This book is a set of six stories --- "Fritz Tries Again," "Buried Treasure," "Charles Stands Tall," "Tubbette," "Timothy Takes the Cake," "Laughing on the Inside." These stories are fairly nicely illustrated and generally fun, funny and interesting, although the dialogue seems a bit unnatural at times and some of the stories are a bit odd.

There are some great lessons, such as believing in your potential and not giving up. The songs that the teacher Mrs. Jenkins sings are also cute. But, as has been mentioned, some things just don't work, such as the "Tubbette" story, which seems to convey a rather odd message. I don't think the "Charles Stands Tall" story is too bad, though. Charles manages to stand up for himself and doesn't let the teasing negatively effect him.
Stories Not Appropriate for All Kids  Feb 2, 2005
We really like the television show "Timothy Goes to School" and so we searched out this book. Unlike the show, however, I found that these stories are not very nice. For example, in "Charles Stands Tall", Charles is humiliated for being small and shy. My kids (3 and 5) were distressed by the story line particularly about the part where Charles is bullied and may fun of. Page 29 sums it up well. "Charles did not cry until he got off the school bus."

Likewise in another chapter, a beaver named Doris is called `fat' and `too big'. When she is nicknamed "Tubette," the teacher does nothing about the bullying but instead allows the children to carry on and giggle at Doris' expense. Perhaps others will think this is alright because her family steps in and offers her support in the way of diet and exercise, but to me this is just too mean spirited. Plus, I don't like the message at the end where the main bully compliments Doris on her efforts and says, "(s)oon you will be nice and thin like me."

This might be great for some kids, but I can't recommend it.
Fun chapter book to read to the preK set  Oct 22, 2002
My 3 year old son loves this book (and so do I)! Each chapter is its own story; read in its entirety, the book is a wonderful tale of kindergarten life.
Youngsters will enjoy, identify with and learn from these six apropos and funny stories by award winning author Rosemary Wells. With the same friendly characters found in "Timothy Goes To School" the author tells tales that teach young ones how to share, how to take turns, how to work together, and how to persist in achieving goals.

Teachers are depicted as fair mentors who help, encourage and, yes, are firm when it's necessary.

In "Fritz Tries Again" it is Science Fair time and Fritz is determined to make a toilet paper roll Superconducting Super Collider. His classmates don't think this is possible and opt for more realistic projects such as collecting seashells or different mosses. Does Fritz surprise them all, including himself?

During Bird Week Charles, who is not very big and rather shy, chooses to be a bald eagle. Claude had his heart set on being a bald eagle and tries everything he can think of to trade birds with Charles. First he makes fun of him, and then he offers to give Charles his red truck and yellow airplane. But Charles stands firm although secretly he is afraid he cannot sound very much like a Bald Eagle. Does he overcome his uncertainty?

Not all of the fun takes place in classrooms. There are also other adventures for children ages 3 - 8 to follow as they learn about their friends and themselves.

- Gail Cooke


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