Little Miss Grubby Toes Gets Stuck in a Tree!


Children - Grade K-3rd
32 Pages
Reviewed on 03/27/2021
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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

Little Miss Grubby Toes' feet were always grubby because she never wore shoes. Outside, inside, all around, you would always find her without shoes. Her toes were the worst because she loved squishing them in the mud. Little Miss Grubby Toes was usually good at listening, except that one day when her good friend talked her into climbing high in a big oak tree in the yard to see the baby birds. She knew she wasn't supposed to go. She knew it would be disobeying her parents. She knew she would be in big trouble for a long time if she disobeyed her parents. But, she really wanted to see the baby birds. Was the temptation too much for Little Miss Grubby Toes? Did she give in and climb the tree with her friend? Ahh, but you need to read this amazing book to find answers.

I love children's books, and Little Miss Grubby Toes Gets Stuck in a Tree! by Eddie Price is an adorable book you do not want to miss for your child. The themes covered here on listening to and obeying your parents offer many valuable, profound lessons that will stay with your child for a long time as you read this book over and over to them. And the illustrations are so wonderfully placed throughout the book, perfect for each page. The cover is so beautiful children will love it. I love the characters, their faces almost have a comical look to them which makes them so adorable. This book is a must for all young school classes and the many places you will find children. And it would make an excellent gift.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Climbing up a tree isn’t the problem. The problem is when you get to the top branch and you look down and you realize you’re scared of heights. Or worse, you’re stuck. Then what? Little Miss Grubby Toes knows she’s not supposed to climb the tree on her own. It’s not safe. But when her friend, Tommy, shimmies up so easily and calls her to come to see the nest of baby birds, Little Miss Grubby Toes can’t resist. Only, once she gets up there and sees the birds, she realizes how high she is and she’s stuck. Tommy, however, has no problem getting back down. Wouldn’t you know? It never does pay to follow others when you know full well you shouldn’t.

Eddie Price’s picture book story, Little Miss Grubby Toes Gets Suck in a Tree!, is another book in the Little Miss Grubby Toes’ series. I love this series and how the author has woven valuable lessons into a plot that will captivate young readers. The colorful illustrations, with vibrantly expressive features on the characters, help carry the story along. The young reader will relate to Little Miss Grubby Toes’ dilemma over whether or not she should climb the tree. After all, she really does want to see the baby birds in their nest, and wouldn’t that be a good educational experience? Young readers will share Little Miss Grubby Toes’ uh-oh moments when she realizes she should have listened to her parents because they really do care for her safety and well-being. After all, that’s what rules are for: to keep us safe. Once again, the author concludes the book with the ongoing puzzle to figure out the real name of Little Miss Grubby Toes. Do you know?

Edith Wairimu

Children will learn the effects of peer pressure, how to identify it, and the consequences of bad decisions in Little Miss Grubby Toes Gets Stuck in a Tree! by Eddie Price. Little Miss Grubby Toes is a good girl with loving parents who try to guide her but sometimes she gets into mischief. One bright summer day, the children in the neighborhood came to Little Miss Grubby Toes’ house to have fun. They all went to the backyard to play different games as Little Miss Grubby Toes’ parents received the children’s parents. Everyone was having a lovely time. Little Miss Grubby Toes and her best friend, Tommy Sims, came to the big oak tree in her backyard. To her amazement, Tommy jumped onto the lowest branch of the tree and beckoned Little Miss Grubby Toes to climb too. Remembering her parents' warning, she hesitated but soon followed Tommy up the tree.

Little Miss Grubby Toes Gets Stuck in a Tree! imagines a common, relatable scenario where a child is pressured by their friend to do something they have been told is wrong. Through Little Miss Grubby Toes’ misadventures, children will learn that disobedience and giving in to peer pressure can result in tragic consequences. Questions included within the text provide points to pause and think through specific scenarios in the story. The illustrations are bright and inviting. They show the characters in different scenes and are useful in telling the story. Children will also learn new vocabulary. The book also includes questions that children and parents can utilize to apply the lessons in the book. Little Miss Grubby Toes Gets Stuck in a Tree! by Eddie Price is an enlightening children’s story with vivid illustrations and crucial lessons.

Asher Syed

Little Miss Grubby Toes Gets Stuck in a Tree!, written by Eddie Price and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams, is a children's picture book in the Little Miss Grubby Toes series. This installment begins the same as the others do, with an introduction of a character we only know by the titular name which was bestowed upon her due to her penchant for living without shoes. There is a neighborhood party hosted by Little Miss Grubby Toes' parents and everyone is excited, particularly the children. A young boy named Tommy climbs a tall tree to get a glimpse of a nest and encourages Little Miss Grubby Toes to join him and see. Despite knowing she is not allowed to climb the tree alone, she makes the choice to do it anyway. This does not go well and she soon finds herself stuck and afraid.

Little Miss Grubby Toes Gets Stuck in a Tree! does a good job in portraying the cause-and-effect style of a children's moralistic book, using issues of safety in a clear and comprehensible way. Eddie Price is able to teach a lesson within an engaging narrative that leaves little doubt that Little Miss Grubby Toes does not have the maturity to make safe decisions, and that not following the rule set out by those parents is what put her in real danger. This story isn't really about the perceived danger of climbing trees, or law enforcement coming to the rescue [realistically, a call for help like that would likely end with them asking if the family has a ladder]—it's about not obeying the rule and the number of people an unfortunate choice can impact. Price is on point in that regard. The real star of this book is the illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams. My youngest daughter adored the depiction of Little Miss Grubby Toes and twice requested for the page not to be turned yet so she could take them all in. This is an entertaining little story that is likely to be equally enjoyed by both children and adults.

Lois Henderson

Little Miss Grubby Toes Gets Stuck in a Tree!, written by retired history teacher and college instructor Eddie Price, and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams, is a picture book for the toddler who just loves to go astray. One of a series of books focused on the central character of Little Miss Grubby Toes, this story is about her determination to climb a tree to see the contents of a bird’s nest, despite her parents’ strict admonitions not to do so. The negative consequences of her ignoring their warnings are clearly spelled out. Though all’s well that ends well, the lesson to be learned is obvious and Little Miss Grubby Toes Gets Stuck in a Tree! shows both child and adult, through negative reinforcement, the danger of not obeying instructions, especially when they are meant for your own safety.

The fun element of Eddie Price’s book, in which Price takes great delight in portraying the characters of both Little Miss Grubby Toes and her adventurous and more adept, older tree-climbing friend, Tommy Sims, is in no way undermined by the cautionary nature of the tale. Price’s teaching background has proved to be a sound basis for developing empathy into a child’s world, as this picture book clearly shows. Little Miss Grubby Toes Gets Stuck in a Tree! ends with a short, insightful biography of the author, followed by a “find the word” activity, which uses the entire text as the basis of a word-finding game, and a quiz asking questions about the contents of the story, thus facilitating understanding of its central message, which is of key importance to both adult and child alike. In short, Little Miss Grubby Toes Gets Stuck in a Tree! is a worthwhile book that could help to keep your child out of trouble. Acquiring a copy if you have, or plan to have, a young family of your own is therefore thoroughly recommended.