Teeny Tiny Toady by Jill Esbaum, illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi, is about using your own strengths to solve problems and not comparing yourself to others. Teeny Tiny Toady is a baby sister to seven brothers, but when their mother is taken by hunters in the swamp, her suggestions are often ignored or usurped by one of her brothers. Told in rhyming verse, teeny tiny toady follows her bigger brothers into the swamp to rescue their mom. As they try to push the bucket, they can’t get it to tip over, even with Teeny’s help. Teeny suggests the climb up and pull out their mother, but her brothers end up falling into the bucket too. It’s up to Teeny to save the day.
After sobbing and wallowing in self-pity about her inability to push over the bucket or climb to the top on her own, Teeny devises a plan that will save them all. My daughter and I have read this book several times, and she loves it every time. We’re happy to see that Teeny is strong even with seven older brothers. She’s smart and savvy.
Teeny Tiny Toady by Jill Esbaum, illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi, is adorably illustrated, and Teeny is the cutest toad ever. She’s passionate and plucky, and even when her brothers ignore her, Teeny never gives up. This picture book sends all the right messages to young kids about believing in themselves and taking a stand.