Virtual Saturday Story Time: Carol and the Pickle Toad by Esmé Shapiro







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In the big city, people wear all kinds of hats. Not everyone wears a toad as a hat, but some people do…and some of those toad hats can be VERY bossy! Carol has always followed the orders of her demanding toad hat at the expense of her own inner voice. But when her toad hat is plucked away by a pigeon, how will Carol know what to do? After spending so long being told what to eat and do and paint, Carol’s not sure what SHE wants, and nothing feels quite right. Feeling lost, she creates a new hat — a toad made out of pickles and eggs — to help guide her. Even though her new pickle-toad doesn’t make a sound, Carol can hear it loud and clear! But when a pigeon takes away THAT hat too, Carol begins to understand that there is a big, booming voice that lives inside herself . . . and that it’s well worth listening to!

For any reader who’s doubted their own voice and talents, or felt like a bossy friend or family member is always drowning them out, Carol and the Pickle-Toad is an inspiring invitation to listen to your own heart and stand on your own two feet — even better if you’re wearing very tall boots.


Esme Shapiro is an illustrator and author of books for children. She spent her childhood roaming around the dry brush and blossomed succulents of Laurel Canyon, California. She eventually ventured east and settled in Brooklyn, New York. It is There she works in a tiny plant filled apartment, surrounded by her two confidants – two tiny scraggly dogs. Her childhood never roamed too far from her heart, and she has a deep held belief that that time in one’s life is immensely powerful. Children are always busy at work, carving out their inner worlds that eventually become the foundation for the rest of their lives. Esme makes books that aim to be fuel for their imaginations, with a strong emphasis on the importance of empathy and friendship.


Event date: 
Saturday, June 5, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
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Carol and the Pickle-Toad Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735263987
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tundra Books - May 11th, 2021