My Name Is Not Ed Tug Book Giveaway
ABOUT THE BOOK
Written and Illustrated by Amy Nielander
Ages 5-8 | 32 Pages
Publisher: West Margin Press | ISBN-13: 9781513134871
Publisher’s Book Summary: A sweet, whimsical story about the meaningfulness behind a person's name and the power of accepting people just as they are.
Edimorwhitimormiligimmus Tug has a very special name that is all his own. But his teacher thinks it’s too long and hard to say. One day she shortens it to. . . Ed.
But he loves his name just the way it is. So he comes up with a plan—if he can teach everyone his name, maybe they’ll love it too!
Sweet and whimsical, My Name Is Not Ed Tug empowers readers to own their identities and proudly celebrate who they are.
Edimorwhitimormiligimmus Tug has an awesome name full of family love. Yes, it is long and makes his teacher’s mouth tired, but it is full of all the hopes and shared experiences that have made him the wonderful boy that he is. When his name is whittled down to Ed on a nametag, he knows that he needs to do something. So he gently educates his classmates (and his teacher) on what each part of his name means and why it is important. Along the way he shares activities that his friends enjoy; building with puzzle pieces, caring for butterflies, enjoying music, and family recipes. Slowly everyone becomes comfortable with his name, all of it, and they embrace their own names. This is not just a story about a child with a name that is difficult to remember, or pronounce, or fit on a nametag. It is really about accepting each child as they are. Teachers know that students come to us as a product of their previous experiences and their family environment. We are lucky if we have a child that has been as nurtured as Edimorwhitimormiligimmus. He doesn’t argue, he just does what he can to fix the situation and show his class why he can’t just chop off parts of his name - it would be like chopping off parts of himself. We should never make children feel small just to make things easier on ourselves. Ms. Mell the teacher learns that valuable lesson. The illustrations show Edimorwhitimormiligimmus and his family as the text explains what each one of them has taught him or shared with him. It also shows the name label wrapped around his desk because there are so many letters in it, while his classmates’ labels are all neatly centered on the front of their desks. What I especially liked were the endpapers and how they mimic the pages of a yearbook. In the front of the book the kids all have sad faces and even the school looks depressed (droopy tree out front and bare windows). But at the back, all the kids are smiling and have their full names listed, and the school has a healthy tree and flowers out front and looks much more inviting. This would be perfect to match up with other stories such as Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes and The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amy Nielander is a designer and award-winning children’s book author and illustrator who loves to create playful stories for kids. Growing up, she had her name frequently misspelled by others. My Name Is Not Ed Tug is inspired by this experience and by her time volunteering in her children’s classrooms. Amy lives near Detroit, Michigan.