12th June '17
The book is based on animal characters who attend school and the main character, Toby the tiger, is extremely excited for their school sports day which is looming. He cannot wait to get to school and is excited and having fun throughout the whole of sports day until it dawns on him that everyone around him is winning and he isn't. He soon becomes quite upset when he realises he won't get a medal, seeing how shiny and majestic they look he gets even more upset. But even so, he is still happy for his friends who are all winning and he is never resentful or spiteful. He is awarded a medal as are all of the other children from their teacher, Miss Meadows, who is most pleased with their hard work and attitude during the day. This pleases Toby greatly because it means he gets to get a shiny, Gold medal. He is totally pleased with himself and is thankful for his hard work. An adorable book about kindness and positivity towards other peoples achievements. On the front of the book there is a plastic gold medal which can be worn. The children enjoyed this and were excited that it had a medal proving that even though the book is probably aimed more at younger children, you're never to old to get a free gold medal. The children gained more morally from the story but it's suitable from 3 years who would equally find it exciting, especially the medal.
A great book encouraging children to want to take part and that it isn't all about winning but the effort that goes into participating that is also rewarded.
The children enjoyed the short story and especially the pictures as they were full of colour and very busy indeed. During our PE sessions we focus on being a good Sportsman and this book displayed it perfectly so the children were able to relate to it from their own experiences. They enjoyed the book because it is soon going to be our Sports Day and it got them geared up and ready for the excitement and the challenge of it. Resilience is a key theme in this book which is one of our school themes - to always try and never give up, something which Toby did and it proved that it pays off too.
The comments from the children are as follows:
KB aged 7: I like that Toby didn't win anything but he still won a gold medal. That was really kind of the teacher.
GO aged 6: I liked that Toby was supportive of his friends even though he hadn't won a medal yet. You shouldn't be a sore loser if you don't win anything in sports day or other games.
HW aged 7: You should always be happy when others win and not just be happy for yourself. Toby did this and the teacher was happy so she gave him a medal.
IS aged 7: I liked that the elephant was called Ellie because that's my sisters name. I liked that everyone got a medal too even though everyone but Toby won a race. It doesn't matter if you don't win a race because you still tried.
AD aged 7: I liked the book because the illustrations were good and I liked how you got a real medal. I liked how the teacher gave everyone a medal so no-one got sad and cried. Toby was a really good friend because even though he didn't win he was still nice to his friends who won. You should always be positive and believe in yourself and always think that if I don't win a race I played very well. You should always be confident that you might win and if you don't it's okay because you tried hard.
KB aged 7: The book taught me that if you lose a race it doesn't really matter because if you support other people they will always support you as well.
H aged 7: I really liked the front cover because the medal sticks out and you can take it out and use it. I liked it when Toby supported everyone but then he thought he wasn't going to get a medal. I thought Toby would get a medal for supporting everybody. I was glad when he did get a medal. It shows resilience because he never gave up even though he wasn't winning.
KC aged 7: I liked the book because I like the way Toby gave everyone encouragement when he cheered them on in their races. I think that's a really good way to get a medal. It's not the winning that matter but the taking part.