Mr. Tanen's Ties

2001 Florida Reading Association Children's Book Award Winner

2003 Hoosier Young Book Award, Indiana
An American Booksellers Pick-of–the-List


Reading level: Ages 4-9
Hardcover - 32 pages (May 1999)
Albert Whitman & Co; ISBN: 0807553018



 

Paperback -Albert Whitman & Co; March 2003; ISBN: 0807553026



From Kirkus Reviews:
The importance of accessorizing is given an injection of humor in this story from Cocca-Leffler. Mr. Tanen, the school principal, allows his ties to speak for him; they serve as weather forecasts, herald the lunch menu, bespeak special occasions. The students love his ties for their whimsy and good cheer, as well as for the information they impart. But Mr. Tanen's boss, the sour Mr. Apple, orders that the neckwear be ditched; it's distracting and frivolous. Mr. Tanen, understandably, has to take a few days off. Mr. Apple is called to substitute, and the children attempt to bevel his hard edges with a zany tie of his own. He becomes a changed man; in fact, he marries a woman who has been admiring the ties he borrows from Mr. Tanen's cache. Cocca-Leffler shows Mr. Tanen for the gentleman he is, and makes the realm of adults a lot less formidable, and a lot more eccentric. Children will admire the ties, the wildly patterned illustrations, and the message that clothes may not make the man, but may make the day a little bit brighter.
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