Tumford the Terrible

Tumford the Terrible

by Nancy Tillman

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Tumford isn’t really a terrible cat. He just has a way of finding mischief—tracking dirt into the house, knocking over breakable things, and disrupting fancy parties. But even though he feels bad, he has a hard time saying, “I’m sorry.” Will the fact that his owners love him, no matter what, help Tummy say the magic words?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312368401
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Series: Tumford Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 137,774
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Nancy Tillman is the author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling picture book On the Night You Were Born and its companion journal, The Wonder of You: A Book for Celebrating Baby's First Year. Her other books include Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You and The Spirit of Christmas. A former advertising executive, Tillman now writes and illustrates full-time. She lives in Tualatin, Oregon.

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…But oh, dear and oh, my There was one small pity.

Tumford, it seems, was a most stubborn kitty.

In spite of the manners he often forgot He would not say, "I'm sorry."

Oh, no, he would not!

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Tumford the Terrible 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
AidaNY More than 1 year ago
I have read this book with my kids multiple times. They love that Tumford looks a lot like our cat, Timber, but even if not, this book is beautifully illustrated. It also teaches them how important it is to say "I'm sorry" without being preachy.
MaryKate2345 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Nancy Tillman since I came across On the Night You Were Born while browsing at my local bookstore. Its celebration of the uniqueness of every child, told in lovely language, have made it the gift I choose most often for expectant or adoptive parents. I also share it regularly with my own grandchildren and talk with them about how special they are. Tillman feels that the most important message for children to receive is simply, "You are loved." That message is core to my other favorite from Tillman's published works, Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You. It its pages, children are assured that, no matter how far from home they go or what they do, they will be loved. In Tumford the Terrible, Tillman goes in a slightly different direction. The message of unconditional love remains, but the story is more humorous, focusing on Tumford Stoutt, the beloved cat of Georgy and Violet Stoutt. Tumford seems to possess a certain carelessness - or perhaps he simply jumps into situations without considering the consequences. Either way, a trail of muddy footprints, broken dishes and spilled paint are likely to follow in his wake. The mishaps can't shake Georgy and Violet's love for their cat (because "love isn't measured in muddy galoshes or broken tea dishes or trampled-on squashes. No, love is a thing that just happens, you see... like the way I love you and the way you love me"). But the Stoutts are saddened by Tummy's inability to apologize when his actions cause destruction of one sort or another. Tummy would rather hide than say he's sorry - that most difficult word. The Stoutts hope that a special treat, offered on the condition that Tummy promises to apologize should the need arise, may get him past his inability to face the music. Tummy gives his promise, but will he keep it? Tumford the Terrible is a sweet story told in rhyming verse that many young children may identify with. (My guess is that there are plenty of adults that will identify with Tumford as well.) :-) Apologizing can be difficult and there are many people who try to avoid it when possible. But learning to accept responsibility for one's actions or to tell someone you've wronged that you regret your actions is an important lesson. In Tumford the Terrible, Tillman remembers to assure readers that love remains, even when behavior is less than perfect. And making certain that children understand that as well is even more important. As always, Tillman's lovely artwork is as appealing as her words, making the book a visual pleasure for children and adults. My favorite pieces in Tumford the Terrible are those showing the large black and white cat hiding among teddy bears on a bedroom shelf and strutting to town in his yellow boots. Nancy Tillman continues to create books that I absolutely love having in my collection. Sharing them with my grandchildren and enjoying them on my own is sheer joy. Very highly recommended.
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tumford is a very mischievous cat. But the problem is that when he causes mischief and messes things up he hides instead of saying he's sorry. Then his owners take him to the fair and make him promise to apologize when he makes a mess. When he spills on the Queen of the Fair he hides under a huge robe. Then he realizes that he'll make his family, and himself, proud by just apologizing. Therefore, he does, and the crowd cheers.A cute book to emphasize manners and apologizing in the classroom. The rhyming makes it fun, as well. The illustrations are wonderful!
sarahbatte on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story about a cat, that forgets his manners. He will not say he is sorry. He does all kinds of bad things but forgets to apologize. This story is kinda like a Dr. Suess in that it rymes. Its a very delightfull book about a mischevious kitty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written and illustrated for children under 3
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