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*Tom the Tamer* by Tjibbe Veldkamp, illustrated by Philip Hopman
Tom the Tamer
by Tjibbe Veldkamp, illustrated by Philip Hopman
Ages 3-6 32 pages Lemniscaat USA November 2011 Hardcover    

Tom is outside training snails and squirrels to be circus performers. He would like his father to see his accomplishments, but to make that happen, heíll need to eradicate his fatherís fear of animals.

Since animal training comes naturally to Tom, he decides to bring a variety of wild but harmless animals inside the house for his father to meet. The introductions make the story suspenseful and humorous because the animals have been trained to look and behave like living room furniture.

Veldkamp and Hopman (The School Trip) have created a heartfelt story about a father-and-son relationship. The foldout page at the end of the book shows that the father has conquered his fear and found a way to spend more time with his son.
 


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