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What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier?

01. Mr. I-Presume Visits Planet Earth

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The title Mr. I-Presume highlights the essence (Things Are Not Always As They Seem) of this delightfully crafted social/emotional lesson. In this whimsically expressed story, an alien, suitably named Mr. I-Presume, is excited at the opportunity to visit the forgotten planet known as Earth and he packs his trusted special phone that stores “The Book of Beliefs” information about the planet to help identify whatever he discovers while there.

The spaceship lands and Mr. I-Presume begins to walk along a wooded road where he spots a life form that is inside a soggy log and chewing on a bone. He quickly refers to the display on his phone to learn about the look and sound of what he thinks is a funky furry frog. Mr. I-Presume says hello to the strange being. Instead of hearing Rib-bit-Rib-bit, like the sound most frogs make, the frog actually begins to bark like a dog.

The alien scratches his tentacles and continues his exploration of our silly planet Earth. He explores Earth and comes across many beings that are not as he was led to believe, according to “The Book of Beliefs.” Mr. I-Presume wants to escape these topsy-turvy beings and sends a transmission to his home planet, Peaches and Cream, requesting a spaceship to beam him home. He has discovered that, on Earth, things are not always as they seem.







What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier?02. Boing! Boing! Boing!

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Boing! Boing! Boing! shows a shut-down and withdrawn Christopher who is non-active and uninterested inexploring places, discovering things, and interacting with people like other girls and boys his age.

Dad is forced to take his son outside in the nighttime but continues to teach him about the things they see and the sounds they hear.

Christopher only wants to hide his face and block his ears in fear. By chance, Dad stops in to see the store keeper who gives him some candy drops that he promises will give Christopher “the hops.” By using the candy as a special type of learning tool, Dad helps Christopher to become interested in people, places, and things.


What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 03. Motor Mouth

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This encouragement story is about a little boy who has trouble with speaking and finds it difficult to initiate speech. Christopher wants to talk with other children but becomes embarrassed and violent when his mouth won't let his words come out.

Dad visits Mr. Store-Keeper, who supplies Dad with a few treats (edible and otherwise) that will help to exercise Christopher's mouth muscles. A fierce blizzard attacks the town and Christopher and Dad are snowed in, inside their apartment where they spend the whole winter chewing bubblegum, blowing up balloons, and popping sunflower seeds in their mouths. Christopher's mouth begins to motor and words are finally able to spill out.





What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 04. Say Bump Me

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Bump Me addresses the difficulty that developmentally challenged children have when meeting other children.

Christopher wants to make friends, but whenever he attempts to do so, his anxiety takes over and causes him to exhibit violent tantrums.

Dad convinces him to use one of his pet expressions, “Bump me,” (and offering the knuckles of his hand to “bump” the knuckles of the other person) as a way to break the ice when meeting new people.

Christopher learns to use “Bump me” as a way to successfully relieve this particular anxiety.



What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 05. Finding Squeezey

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Finding Squeezey is the story of a little boy who is usually afraid of strange people, places, and things.
Christopher's anxiety around other children gets him self-to hurt himself and this makes it very difficult for him to grow and learn.

He must also cope with weekly trips to the hospital to receive the medication he needs to control his hemophilia.

Christopher explains that he needs something to make him feel safe when Dad isn't holding him. Dad and Christopher search the Daddy-I-Want-It department store for something that Christopher can use as a “special friend” that will keep him safe. Unexpectedly Christopher stumbles upon a huge green fluffy towel that will be the very thing he needs.

Christopher names the towel Squeezey because of how the towel wraps around and hugs him. Soon after getting Squeezey, Christopher begins to get more comfortable with being around others.



What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 06. Losing Squeezey

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Losing Squeezey shows how an object often provides emotional security for a child who has medical or psychological challenges. In this story, Christopher expresses anxiety when Squeezey is lost.

Christopher grows increasingly angry and will not eat, learn, or socialize without his special towel.

The story culminates with Dad and Christopher's successful search to find Squeezey.




What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 07. Squeezey Wonders

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Squeezey Wonders is the tale of what happens to Squeezey when she becomes separated from Christopher and is taken to a scary warehouse.

Squeezey worries that she will never see Christopher again and endures the harrowing experience of being used by many different people for many different reasons.

When all hope seems lost, Squeezey is reunited with Christopher.




What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 08. Inside Tubsy

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Parents with children who suffer with sensory dysfunction disorders are familiar with children who jiggle and wiggle uncontrollably when putting on cloths or being hugged. Imagine having a child who has unusual indifferences or obsessions with touching common food objects with their tongue, or will only move an object with their finger nails.

Inside Tubsy confronts a little boy's fear of water. Dad uses his son Christopher's huge green fluffy towel as a bridge and as sense of security.

The bathtub eventually becomes a safe haven for Christopher, who now continues to develop and learns to confront his anxieties and triumph over his fears Inside Tubsy.



What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 09. Yeah, I Love Mommy Today!

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Yeah, I Love Mommy Today! explains the difficulties that separated parents and their children experience during parental visitations.

Christopher is happily living with Dad and has trouble handling the change in routine when it is time to visit his mother.

Dad prepares Christopher to see his mother who has made special plans for their day together.

Christopher and Mom are about to leave when their plans to go to Explanation Park come suddenly to a halt.

Christopher begins to tantrum, Mom panics, and calls Dad, who gives her an activity that will help to calm Christopher.

Mom develops a stronger bond with her son and Christopher now says “Yeah! I love Mommy today!” every time he goes to visit her.



What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 10. Owl Eyes

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Owl Eyes is the story of how Dad helps Christopher overcome socializing difficulties by learning to make eye contact with things and people. Christopher struggles with communicating and how to understand his surroundings, thus making him insecure and unwilling to socialize with other people.

Dad takes him to “Explanation Park” for a hike, and helps Christopher to gain a new perspective on making eye contact with people, places, and things.

This helps Christopher to be more receptive to experiencing life through learning and interaction.



What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 11. Boof

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Boof is a humorous way of exploring the serious issues that parents of self-injurious children encounter.

Christopher gives reasons for his behavior, and Dad takes him to see a wizard to get a remedy.

Christopher is given learning incentives and develops a stronger self-identity. He stops “Boofing” his head.

The plot is a fun fantasy that tickles the senses.



What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 12. Mommy Says It's A Monster

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Mommy is an action-packed piece that explores the difficulties that parents have when trying to explain to their developmentally challenged children the difference between real and make believe.

Christopher and Dad are stuck in their car during an angry thunderstorm, and are unable to get home. Christopher is about to throw a tantrum because he doesn't believe that “the monster” is a “storm” (verbalizing the different terms that Mom and Dad use, respectively).

Dad uses different strategies to help Christopher differentiate between real and make believe and Christopher's speech and language become increasingly more rational.



What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 13. Babble

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Babble shows how parents of special needs children must sometimes endure public embarrassment caused by inappropriate behavior by their children.

Christopher has overcome many hurdles and is ready to meet the world. However, each time he catches someone's attention, he begins to “babble” his life story.

Christopher's newly learned skill of socializing is complicated by his inability to relate well to others, which makes him anxious when social interactions do not go his way.

Christopher hikes to Explanation Park where he stumbles upon the answers he needs while sitting underneath the “Question Tree.”



What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 14. The Tales of Tipee-Toe Tony: The One Hand Man

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The Tales of Tipee-Toe Tony is a fast-moving, easy-reading mid-grade Explore & Discover picture story, a grimy young man named Tipee-toe Tony and his scruffy puppy, Gruffy, live in a dented oil drum located in a vacant parking lot that everybody calls Hobo City.

Tipee-Toe Tony finds himself in a desperate mood as he and Gruffy are starving for food when, just like that, Tipee-toe Tony has a plan and decides to tap dance and beat the top of his dented can like a drum, with the hope of filling his tin cup with money to buy some much-needed ham and jam to fry in his pan. Sure enough, after tap dancing and beating on his drum Tipee-Toe Tony attracts a man with one hand who wants to give the grimy young man some money-if Tipee-Toe will give the man his right hand.

Tipee-Toe thinks about all his dreams and his immediate need for food and wonders if he would be better off with a pocket full of money and only one hand. He decides to keep his right hand and that angers Mr. One-Hand who begins to chase Tipee-Toe Tony around his dented can.



What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 15. The Tales of Tipee-Toe Tony: Travels To Strawberry City

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Hip, Hip Hooray! Tipee-Toe Tony is moving out of Hobo City today. In this mid-grade Explore & Discover picture story, the grimy young man and his scruffy puppy, Gruffy, pack their bag full of ham and jam and are immediately faced with choices and consequences on their long journey to see his friend Fussy Sam who lives in Strawberry City.

Tipee-Toe Tony and Gruffy walk for miles and become angry, hungry, and tired. After a quick meal, Tipee-Toe Tony and Gruffy continue their journey when they are stopped by a sobbing young girl and her Daddy in a red truck along the roadside. The man informs the Tipee-Toe Tony that the only way he can reach Strawberry City before nightfall by foot is to cut through Spooky Forest where an assortment of wild and scary animals, including a vicious wolf known as Nasty Fangs, are waiting to eat him.

The man offers Tipee-Toe Tony a ride in his truck in exchange for his loyal puppy, Gruffy. Tipee-Toe Tony has his mind set on reaching Strawberry City before nightfall and contemplates giving his canine companion away to the man's crying little girl. Will Tipee-Toe Tony give up Gruffy and travel with the stranger? Or will Tipee-Toe Tony attempt to sneak through Spooky Forest and avoid being eaten by Nasty Fangs?



What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? 16. The Tales of Tipee-Toe Tony: Spooky Forest

Author: Christoper A. Chaplin ©2006
Illustrator: Nicholas Wright
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Like most teenage boys, Tipee-Toe Tony can not resist a good adventure. In this story, the grimy young man places his life in danger by stuffing Gruffy, his puppy, in his backpack and boldly riding his bike through Spooky Forest in hopes of reaching Strawberry City before sunset.

During their long bumpy bike ride, they begin to hear threatening sounds of forest creatures, notice paw prints along the forest floor, and see claw-marked trees that crowd the dark damp path as they attempt to sneak through Spooky Forest. Tipee-Toe Tony and Gruffy decide to stop and fry some ham and jam, but the smoke from their fire wafts through the forest and arouses Nasty fangs and his pack of furious friends.

Nasty Fangs is only a few yards away when a boy named Spooky Duke appears and leads Tipee-Toe Tony and Gruffy along a fallen tree to the edge of a steep cliff where they are forced to make a decision between leaping off or sharing the same sad consequence as all who had ever dared to attempt to travel through Spooky Forest. How are Tipee-Toe Tony and Gruffy going to escape this time





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