How Back Back Got His Name

Can you imagine what it would be like to lose you back!!? Well, that is exactly what happens to Plumpton, the Opossum. Lima Bear and his clever friends become detectives searching for this missing back. Follow them as they try new and different ways of thinking to solve the mystery. See how they band together to protect each other in times of danger! Will they ever find Plumpton’s back? The message of the story: Tolerating differences in others creates benefits.

The special ‘Extend the Learning’ and ‘Activity’ pages allow teachers, parents, and grandparents to introduce concepts before reading, ask questions during and following the reading, and then participate in an activity to encourage the children to be involved in the concepts. They enhance the fun and learning experience of each book.

The message of the story: Tolerating differences in others creates benefits.

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“The Wecks have created a fast paced tale in which animal friends work together (with misadventures along the way) to help each other. In the process, Plumpton and his buddies also discover that being different has its advantages! Authors Thomas and Peter have successfully viewed the world through a child’s eyes and have presented many opportunities for little folks to delve into life’s lessons.” –Kathy Teitelman, Nationally Board Certified Teacher, Cincinnati, OH

“This is an excellent story! It shows us how teamwork and loyalty to friends can be successful in solving an EEE-mergency! Lima Bear, Whistle-Toe, Plumpton and Makamal remind us of some old friends we have back in 100-acre wood. Just like our friends in 100-acre wood they show us what ‘one for all and all for one’ really means. Thomas and Peter Weck have a savvy way of capturing children’s imaginations and drawing them into the plot. This story is enjoyable for children of all ages!” –Veronica Kannenberg, Early Childhood Educator, Chicago, IL

“…How Back-Back Got His Name takes a tried and true topic, that of friendship, and puts a very unique spin on the subject. We all want to teach our children the value of friendship and how important it is to help others in need. This tale adds plenty of goofy humor, with bright, expressive illustrations that will engage children. There are also two pages at the back of the book to ‘Extend the Learning’ and ‘Activities’ with suggestion on what to do before, during and after reading the book to keep the conversation going with your youngster(s).

Quill says: A fun, engaging tale to help teach children the importance of friendship.” –Ellen Feld, Feathered Quill Book Reviews

“For children who are readers, both the text and the illustrations by Len DiSalvo are crafted so that the book not only is fun to read but also introduces young minds to new expressions and new vocabulary in a way that is easy to understand. It is also perfect as a read-aloud to toddlers as well. In addition, each story has a ‘deeper’ meaning. The take-away message from How Back-Back Got His Name is that the tolerance of differences in others yields benefits. At the end of the book, there are a couple of pages with thoughtful questions and related activities which will help parents, grandparents, teachers, or others who are sharing the book to make it a fun learning experience. It’s a really neat story!” –Wayne S. Walker, Book Reviewer,  

One of the things that I find so wonderful about these books is the illustrations. They are big pictures that really unfold and allow your child to get into the story. Each adventurous story has a message for your little one to learn as well. I have to say though my favorite part of the book is the end with the Extended Learning and Activity section. I know many parents like to have activities to do with their children (and it would be great for homeschooles, too) but are at a loss of things to correlate to the books they read. ” –Lisa Rupertus, As They Grow Up