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Being the youngest of three, an older brother and sister I actually understood how Titch felt in this book. It looks at Titch's inescapable plight as the lowest rung on the ladder!
~ The Story ~
It's about a little boy (which a lot of children thinks looks like a little girl!) who has an older brother and sister; Mary was a bit bigger and Pete was a lot bigger.
Mary had a big bike and Pete had a great big bike and Titch had a tricycle and couldn't keep up with them at all.
Mary and Pete had kites and Titch had a pinwheel that he held in his hand.
Mary had a trumpet, Pete had a big drum and Titch just had a wooden whistle and so on and so on. All in all, Titch felt that he was getting a rough deal.
Until, one day, Pete had a big spade, Mary had a flowerpot but Titch had the tiny seed which grew and grew and grew.
So it was the little seed that made Titch feel so very proud of himself and special. He had quietly triumphed over his older siblings.
~ The Style ~
This is a very short book with very few words on each page, great for emergent readers as the text is very simple.
~ Illustrations ~
Pat Hutchins shows great compassion for the curse of the youngest child, especially in her drawings of Titch's wrinkly, down-turned mouth and his sad, desperate little eyes, bless him!
The drawings are very simple and one must forgive the hairstyles and the clothes as this was written in 1971!
She captures all of the emotions of the children in her drawings, the shock and horror of the older siblings when they realise that Titch's seed is growing in to a large plant and their smug faces when they have much better things than Titch to play with etc
~ Educational Value ~
* Great for teaching children about size and using comparative vocabulary.
* Good for demonstrating how a seed turns in to a plant.
* Very helpful in PSE issues, sibling rivalry, jealousy and how size isn't all important!
~ Price ~
My paperback ISBN: 0 14 050 096 0 cost 95p, an indication of how old this book is!
I've had a hunt around and the paperback at www.amazon.co.uk used and new is available from £1.01
Some of them are more than £5 and can be collectable if in good condition and dependant on the year of publication.
Well worth looking in charity shops or libraries.
~ Other Titch books ~
Following the success of this book, Pat Hutchins wrote some more books about Titch:
* Titch dresses up
* Titch's snowy day
* Tidy Titch
* Titch and Daisy
~ Other Pat Hutchins books ~
* Don't forget the bacon
* Rosie's Walk
* Follow that bus
* Clocks and more clocks
All in all, Titch is a wonderful book which has stood the test of time as it deals with simple issues in a way that is still appealing to young children.
What a fabulously simple book.
This is one of those books where you read it and wonder why you didn't write it first.
The story focuses around a little boy called Titch, who, as his name suggests, is the youngest and smallest of three children; he has a big sister and a brother who is even bigger.
To reinforce this idea, the story actually starts with "Titch was little". There he stands, all alone in a baggy blue jumper and big orange wellies looking very sorry for himself.
Just to compound the fact that he is small and to begin the idea of comparatives, we meet his sister Mary who is "bigger" and his brother Pete who is "a lot bigger".
There is Titch on his "little tricycle" pedaling furiously with his hand held out beseechingly whilst the two older siblings pedal easily up the hill with smug expressions on their faces and a lofty wave.
So the story goes on. Pete and Mary have toys which Titch obviously covets and even when they are nvolved in a bit of d.i.y., and the two older children are holding the tools, poor Titch is holding the nails.
Still the smug expressions on the faces of Pete and Mary and still little Titch is looking sad.
All of this is about to change There is a plantpot, there is a spade, and there is a tiny seed. But look children often notice that Titch doesn't look so miserable now. He is holding the seed to his mouth and there is the shadow of a smile behind that seed.
Does he know something we don't know?
I think so the seed " grew and grew and grew"
By the end of the book, Titch is no longer the second best, last to be thought of little boy we saw at the start of the book. He has gained in credibility and importance, and we see it in the pictures. Titch is beaming and the expressions of Mary and Pete go from smug to dismay to shock.
As with many Books by Pat Hutchins, these are very simple line drawings using very few colours.
They are usually single page illustrations with the text above. And in all of them, whether the children are on the picture together or not, Titch always looks small and his brother and sister always look bigger, but comparatively so.
----Other bits of information----
The book was first published in the USA in 1971 and by Picture Puffins in 1974.
My copy is Picture Puffin, ISBN 0-14-050096-0 and cost £2.99, but amazon are selling them very cheaply.
----Other books by Pat Hutchins----
You'll Soon Grow Into Them, Titch
Clocks and More Clocks
Don't Forget the Bacon!
The Doorbell Rang
The Surprise Party
The Wind Blew
Most of the books are very simple and suitable for young children.
I know it's a very simple book but I enjoy reading it to very young children, and there are lots of things to discuss and enjoy
*We talk about sizes and use comparative vocabulary.
*The first time children hear it, we try to guess what's going to happen next.
*Talk about and grow seeds to show how they do grow and grow.
*Look at pictures of how children have grown; Little Miss loves to see how she has grown and compare herself and her two big brothers with Titch and his older siblings
Look at the pictures and enjoy the facial expressions.
So, although it is a simple book, the very simplicity does appeal to children and give them scope for discussion and enjoyment.
The pictures complement the text and I even like the font of the text- very simple and as a primary teacher would write. Young readers are usually able to read some of the more common words because of the simplicity of the font, and the fact that the sentences are simply constructed.
It's worth a read if only because they will almost certainly meet it at some point at school.
Thanks for reading.
Pat Hutchin's Titch, first published in 1971, tells of poor little Titch, who has a sister Mary, who was a bit bigger, and a brother Peter, who was a lot bigger. It seems everything his big brother and sister have is always bigger and better than what Twitch has to play with each day. But then one day Titch discovers that something little can grow very big indeed.