Sully’s Topsy Tale
By: Donna J. Shepherd
Illustrations by: Kevin Scott Collier
Published by: Guardian Angel Publishing, 2010
Ages: 4 to 8
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!