Sully's Topsy Tale

On April 4, 2011, in Children's Picture Books - Fiction, FINALIST, by Donna Shepherd

The final picture book in the Topsy Tales trilogy features a jazz loving, bebopping, singing snake suffering with laryngitis. What’s an independent snake that only sings solos to do? In Sully’s Topsy Tale, while waiting for his voice to return, Sully learns to appreciate the talents of others and the value of friendship. Suggested age for readers: 2-6

Endorsed by licensed and certified speech-language pathologist Victoria Ryan, MS/CCC-SLP, Sully’s Topsy Tale could be utilized “at the beginning of articulation therapy to read to children who have problems making the “s” sound so they can hear (often) how a correct “s” sounds; during articulation therapy with children who are practicing making the “s” sound at the reading level; with children in voice therapy as a way to talk about healthy and unhealthy vocal habits.”

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Reviews of Sully’s Topsy Tale:

Reviewed by: Stories for Children Magazine editor-in-chief, VS Grenier:  

Donna J. Shepherd and Kevin Collier have done it again with their final picture book in the Topsy Tales Trilogy, Sully’s Topsy Tale. This music loving, jazz singing, bebopping snake learns to appreciate the talents of his friends in the Topsy Turvy jungle when he comes down with laryngitis. Sully, whose beautiful music brings fun, comfort, and harmony to the jungle, learns true friendship goes beyond lemon tea and honey remedies to help cure his sore throat. How? His friends decide it’s their turn to sing for Sully in the first Topsy Turvy Music Idol.

I really can’t tell you what I loved most about this book from its simple messages on true friendship and patience to the fun hidden hearts for kids to find as they follow along. Donna with her musical background does a great job in introducing children to the art of music as Sully sings solos, arias, and even a scat or two before his sore throat. Need a reminder on each musical term? Then turn to the glossary on the back cover.

Sully also can help children who have speech problems with `s’ sounds! Which I happen to know a lot about with my five-year-old daughter. She loves practicing her `s’ sounds with Sully. However, the best part is, this book has a recommendation from a licensed and certified speech pathologist, Victoria Ryan, MS/CCC-SLP.

If you are looking for a bright, colorful, humorous, engaging book with charming characters that’s a simple rhyming story with lively illustrations? Then join Sully and his familiar friends, Chizzy and Dotty in the Topsy Turvy Jungle in Sully’s Topsy Tale!

Reviewed by Stephanie Reed:

A singing snake with a sore throat! Meet Sully, the sensational star of Donna Shepherd’s new Topsy Tale. You name it, Sully sings it–solos, arias, and Sully even scats. But what happens when the bane of all serious singers–a sore throat–silences Sully’s beautiful music? Sully’s well-meaning (and familiar) friends, Chizzy and Dotty, offer lemon tea and honey. But Sully’s sure the rest cure will work. Meanwhile, the show must go on! It’s Star Search in the jungle. Who can stand in for Sully? Will he ever sing again?

There’s a nice message on patience tucked away in this story, and also true friendship. Need to brush up on your musical terms? See the glossary on the back cover, along with a recommendation from a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Seems Sully can help children say their `s’ sounds! If you’re looking for a warm, bright book that kids will love, Sully’s waiting patiently for a new home.

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