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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
What a wonderful, happy ending to the story Shy Ty! Written in rhyming form, this book describes a student named Ty who doesn’t have any friends at school because he doesn’t initiate friendships—but neither do the other students. They don’t know him. Author Anne Toole has written a wonderful picture book to help students open up and be themselves. The first two pages are sad and readers are hoping for the atmosphere to change—and the author delivers. She demonstrates how one student was able to emerge from being alone to developing friendships with other students. Ty’s secret? Be yourself … let others see what your hobbies are and maybe you’ll have something in common with other students. All students could benefit by realizing everyone is different and sometimes it just takes a little longer for some children to open up. School and public libraries can help young people emerge from being quiet and alone by displaying this book on shelves.
Parents will like the subtle message that Shy Ty delivers. Outgoing, friendly children might learn to recognize quieter children and reach out to them. This book might help other children who might be slower to develop friendships to learn techniques to open up and share. Author Anne Toole's rhyming story will help children learn empathy and friendship dynamics in a picture storybook format. Illustrator Richa Kinra has created full-page, realistic-looking illustrations that will invite children into the story. Children will love her colorful artwork. I highly recommend Shy Ty for parents and teachers to read with school-aged children from grades 1 to 3.