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Toby Makes A New Friend

A very important part of any child’s developement is that they, as soon as possible get an opportunity to develope their social skills. One only has to look around the workplace to see that some grown-ups would have turned out very differently if they had such an opportunity. The idea behind this book stems from that very idea.
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Toby’s Big Surprise

Toby;s Big Surprise Toby gets a new shiny bell. He soon becomes boastful and says mean things to his friend Maggie. When they decide to go and ask Mr. Brightly who’s is better, Maggie’s Shiny foghorn or Toby’s new shiny bell. Toby learns that it is not good to like someone because of the things they have, but that it is important to like someone for who they are. Just because you have something new or nice, it does not make you better than anyone else.. The Beginning of Toby Toby’s Big Surprise was the very first book in this series that I wrote. I was walking along the boardwalk of the harbour in my town when I saw a man in a tiny little Tugboat, that he had built. There was only enough room in the boat for him. As I was watching him having fun, sailing around the harbour in his little Tugboat, I thought of a story. Toby The Big Little Tugboat was born. The first of the books was sent off to the publishers a year later. Writing the story was the easy part. The difficult part was designing the characters and making the images for […]
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Toby To The Rescue

Toby To The Rescue Larry-Lorry the little truck has to go make a delivery in the City. It had been raining the night before and the rain had made the ground soft and muddy. Larry-Lorry gets stuck in the mud and cannot get free. Mr. Heavy calls Toby and Maggie to help. Can they try to get their friend free from being stuck in the mud? The lesson to be learned from this story is that one can accomplish anything if you work together as a team.. At the time of writing this book I had just finished chatting to a class of children about the importance of team work. It dawned on me that just like the class had to understand that working together as a team is sometimes the only way that things can get done. Just so all children need to learn this bit of information. That is why I wrote this book. If children can learn this important lesson at an early age then it might just make this world a better place.
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Just Do It! You Can’ Publish Your Own Book

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Should Bee Hotels Be Built?

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Toby Learns A lesson

Toby Learns A Lesson Toby gets ready to go out into the vast ocean to go and fetch Maggie. What makes Toby scared is that not only is he going out to sea all by himself for the first time, but he has to go out at night. He asks Mr. Heavy who gives him some pretty good advice, but pretty soon finds himself in a lot of trouble because he did not listen to the advice. Will Toby find Maggie in the storm, and will he remember the advice that Mr. Heavy gave him. Possibly two of the most important things that any child will ever learn is to listen to good advice and to stay focused. That is the lesson that Toby Learns a Lesson teaches.I absolutely loved writing this story because of the simplicity of the lesson. “Once you know where you are going, keep your eye on the target and you will get to your destination.” A very powerful lesson indeed.