On-the-Go Time (Toddler Tools) (Board book)

By Elizabeth Verdick, Marieka Heinlen (Illustrator)

Free Spirit Publishing, 9781575423791, 24pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2011

List Price: 7.95*
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With On-the-Go Time, shopping and errands really can mean fewer hassles and more fun for everyone! Toddlers learn simple tools and encouragement to keep moving, cope with the changing scenes, and be super helpers in the car, at the store or library, and on the road. What do they do when they’re on-the-go? Listen, follow along, and even lend a hand. If they’re disappointed or overstimulated along the way, they can take deep breaths to calm down. Who says running errands with toddlers has to be stressful? Includes tips for parents and caregivers. Part of the award-winning Toddler Tools™ series.

About the Author

Elizabeth Verdick is the author of more than thirty highly acclaimed books for children and teenagers, including books in the Toddler Tools™ board book series, the Best Behavior™ series for young children, and the Laugh & Learn™ series for preteens. Elizabeth's daughter and son are the inspiration for nearly everything she writes. She lives with her husband, two children, and five pets near St. Paul, Minnesota.

Marieka Heinlen received her BFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and also studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. She launched her career as an award-winning children's book illustrator with the original edition of Hands Are Not for Hitting and has illustrated all the books in the Best Behavior and Toddler Tools series. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband, son, and daughter.

Praise For On-the-Go Time (Toddler Tools)

“More than just a good read, this board book is the ideal traveling companion for what to expect when heading out the door with little ones.”—Pamela Brill, TalkingWalnut.com

This colorful board book takes youngsters through the steps of going on errands. Busy fabric collage and strong black lines make vivid images of a mother and two small children. On the first page Mom asks: “What comes before GO?” The children answer: “We know…Get ready! Get set!” They then “Get ready, get set…Go potty first.” They get their coats and a snack, and buckle car seats. Their first stop is a grocery store. From the cart the little boy reaches for “sugar snacks” and “cookie wookies.” Uh-oh, the answer is no.” His older sister calms him with deep breaths. “If you’re sad or mad, take deep breaths. Ready, set? B-r-e-a-t-h-e in and out and in again. That’s how you calm down.” She helpfully hands Mom a bag of oranges. The siblings walk to a library and then go home to play. The final spread provides “‘On-the-Go’ Tips for Parents & Caregivers” such as “keep to a schedule” and “plan for some fun.” This book would be a useful conversation starter for young families needing to help their children with similar tasks.—School Library Journal