Shy Ty

Children - General
22 Pages
Reviewed on 01/23/2020
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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.

Jack Magnus

Shy Ty is a children’s social issues picture book written by Anne Toole and illustrated by Richa Kinra. Ty didn’t like being lonely and having no friends or anyone to talk to. He definitely did not like being shy, but he had no idea what to do about it. When he was outside, he’d sit under his favorite tree and think about his shyness and how alone he felt. School was no better. He avoided meeting the eyes of other students as he walked through the school corridors. Even saying ‘hi’ seemed too much of a risk for him. Ty was actually happiest when he was in his room at home. He loved to draw and ink the funny cartoons he’d create so easily. He was good at drawing and soon had completed funny pictures of his brother and sister and even some of the kids in his class. Ty knew it wasn’t good to just sit in his room all day, but he did love to draw. Then one day something magical happened.

Anne Toole’s Shy Ty addresses a common issue for both kids and adults -- just about everyone has experienced shyness and some, like Ty, have it to a degree than it cripples their lives. This book teaches shy kids that they’re not alone in having those feelings and demonstrates that everyone has something special to offer. The story also helps foster feelings of empathy in kids for those of their peers who, like Ty, are lonely and seem out of the loop. Shy Ty is an excellent selection for story hour, especially when followed by a discussion about feelings of shyness, loneliness, and fear. I’d also imagine that passing out art supplies afterward could inspire the budding Shy Tys and other kids to explore their own artistic gifts and talent for funny drawings. Richa Kinra’s bright and colorful illustrations make Ty, his teacher and his classmates come to life brilliantly. Shy Ty is most highly recommended.

Deborah Lloyd

As the title Shy Ty indicates, Ty is a little boy dealing with shyness. He feels sad that he has no friends, and he does not play with his classmates during recess. In the school hallways and playground, he looks down at the ground and does not talk to the other children. What Ty enjoys most is drawing funny cartoons. After school, he runs home and spends hours in his room drawing his siblings, animals, and ghosts. He wishes he could do this all day rather than going to school and being shy. When his teacher assigns a class project, at first Ty did not know what he could do. But, when he decides to draw funny pictures of his classmates and shares them, he receives praise and acceptance. Soon, he has many friends in his class. In the children’s book, Shy Ty, written by Anne Toole, a delightful story of overcoming shyness is presented.

Shy Ty is engaging and is written for the child who is shy – and for other children who need to learn more about the shy child in their family or classroom. It illustrates how all children, even the quiet ones in the background, have special talents. The story may encourage children to reach out to those children who are hesitant to talk or are on the sidelines during recess. The illustrations by Richa Kinra are beautifully drawn and will engage a child’s interest. The story is written in a poetic format which is also enjoyable for children (and for parents to read out loud). Author Anne Toole certainly knows how to capture a child’s imagination in her book Shy Ty.