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This gorgeous ebook of the winning picture book, GOLD MEDAL ME, comes
with a shiny plastic gold medal, perfect for children to enact
their very own medal ceremonies.

Toby the tiger can't wait for Sports Day - he's going to have lots
of fun playing games and running races. Best of all, Miss Meadow
has a whole table of gold medals to give out. But when Toby doesn't
win any races, how will he get a gold medal? Luckily, it's the
taking part that counts and Toby goes home proudly with his new
gold medal.

Gold Medal Me! Reviews | Toppsta

9781407164281
  • ISBN: 9781407164281
  • Pub Date: 3rd March 2016
  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • Imprint: Scholastic
  • Format: Other
  • Number of Pages: 32

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28th May '16
I read it to FreddyBoggis aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
My little boy loved this book, great story about taking part in sports day. Loved all the animal character's. Really got my little boys attention. Its been read again and again. The medel that comes with it is already round my little boys neck. We love this book.
28th May '16
I read it to Ellielebugjnr aged 9 months aged 0
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5 stars
This a heart warming short story. Easily read in one sitting. We love Toby the tiger and his sports day adventure with all his friends. It's a lovely story with a nice message to kids that it's the taking part hat counts and everyone is a winner. My baby loved nibbling the medal whislt we read it with her. She loved the cartoon like pictures. I hard back/stronger pages would be better for a baby but its perfect for the age aimed at. I particularly liked the counting page for lunctime and the section to write her name at the start. It's a lovely colourful book.
28th May '16
I read it to compy99a aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
a lovely story of the school sports day with charming illustrations throughout. A thoroughly enjoyable book complete with gold medal!
4th July '16
I read it to JackSmith aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
My 2 1/2 year old son loves this book. It is a wonderful story with lots of bright, colourful illustrations. He absolutely loves the gold medal that came with it, a great bonus!
2nd September '16
Boris read it themselves aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
My 5 year old chose this book for himself. He loves the medal and really enjoys the story. He's able to read it himself and is often found sat quietly with it!
17th July '16
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
I read this to my reception class before their sports day and they loved it. Especially trying on the medal and they all wanted to keep it! It started a lovely discussion about what happens if we win of don't win a race and how we behave when we do. A lovely book that I am also going to read with my 5 year old daughter.
12th June '17
I read it to 2R aged 6 to 7
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5 stars
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.
27th May '16
Brooke7 read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
My 7 year old daughter loves this book, she has read it at least 10 times now and said it's an excellent read.
7th June '16
I read it to jasquires aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This is a lovely story about a tiger called Toby who takes part in sports day at school and he really wants to win a medal but as hard as he tries he doesn't win any of the races and so is really disappointed until his teacher gives him a medal for taking part. I thought it was a great way to teach young children that as lovely as it is to win, sometimes just taking part is what counts.

The story flows nicely and is very easy to read, its a good length and quite simple so little ones can understand it easily. My only criticism here is that all the characters had alliterated names eg Toby Tiger, Ellie Elephant etc except for one; the Panda who happened to be called Olivia. I'm not sure why for that once character the author didn't stick with the double initials but it was something small which stood out to me.
The pictures in the book are wonderful, very bright and eye catching and my son loved to point at all the different animals and tell me what they were. It was a great opener for a conversation.
The medal which comes with the book is great, nice and big and shiny, however if you want to avoid a tantrum be aware that it is the medal pendant only, in order for it to be wearable you will need a ribbon or string.
22nd January '17
I read it to Arya aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
My daughter loves this book it's about Toby tiger and his friends; on sport's day at school. The story sends out a wonderful message that it's not always about winning the race; but also about taking part with your friends.  And at the end everyone's a winner. My daughter thought the  illustrations were very cute. They are bright and colourful and very sweet. The added bonus is you get a gold medal on the cover and we have put ribbon through for my daughter to wear it. I would definitely recommend this book. 
7th June '16
I read it to BellaCam aged 4 aged 4 & to LeoCam aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
A lovely little book that teaches that it's the taking part that counts and everyone can be a winner. My daughter loved that Toby won at the end too and was delighted to see the medal for her. we gave it to her for being a good listener during the story.
11th May '16
I read it to Mya aged 11 aged 11 & to Finners aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
My children love this book. It teaches them that winning doesn't matter but it's the taking part. They loved the medal that comes with it too, great idea!
12th June '16
I read it to Calcal21 aged 1 aged 1
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4 stars
This is a great book with lovely illustrations. My youngest  is under 2 and still  enjoyed hearing this story. The book is about a tiger called Toby and how excited he is to have his school  sports day with  his friends. It gives the message that winning isn't  everything  and Toby  always tries his best. The book comes with  a gold medal which my little  one loved!
25th July '16
Jake read it themselves aged 5 aged 5
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4 stars
An enjoyable story which my son was able to relate well to having had two sports days at school.  He liked the different types of races that the animal characters took part in.  My son was able to read most of the words himself but it was a bit on the long side for independent reading where they like to finish the story.  A bright and colourful book with fun characters and storyline and a toy medal to wear with pride!
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