About ‘The Magnificent Toby Plum’

Children’s Comments

“I used to think that like there is always something wrong with me and that I was different from everyone else but then I realised when I read the book that everyone is different too and that’s a good thing”

“It was totally different to anything we had done before”

“It’s a really good story…I read it over and over again”

“I like Sameville coz you realise you don’t want to be the same as everyone else it would just boring and to be yourself”

“It just kind of made you happier with what you had in the first place”

“It was the best book I ever read. I give it 100 out of 100”

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Teacher’s Comments

“Excellent resource. Very easy to use and interesting material”

“My class and I both thoroughly enjoyed the Toby Plum book and lessons. The book is wonderful and raises children awareness of body image and self-esteem issues. The lessons plans that accompanied the book were incredibly teacher friendly. They provided great questions to instigate class discussions and wonderful written activities and tasks that the children really enjoyed doing. I think the programme is brilliant and addresses an issue that isn’t given that much attention in schools and is very relevant in the lives of children. I already passed on the book and lessons to other teachers and resource teachers. I look forward to using the programme again to encourage children’s self-esteem”.

“I found the material very useful, the lesson plans were clearly laid out and easy to follow. The lesson objectives were very clear. There was good development through the lessons. The children enjoyed using the book, it was enjoyable and well-illustrated. The children thoroughly enjoyed the book, I felt this was a great way of dealing with body image issues in an indirect way. I will definitely use the lessons again as they were so easy to follow.  I had 5th class last year and the majority of both the girls and boys in the class worried about looks, weight and fashion and would have benefited from this programme. The resources for the lessons, worksheets and pictures were excellent”.

“Wonderful programme, easy to use, good content and the students loved it. Will be using again in the future”.