Timmerman Was Here

Timmerman Was Here

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Timmerman is mysterious. Moreover, he is bitterly resented by the young girl who lives in the same boardinghouse. After all, he occupies her beloved granddad's now-vacant room. How dare he think he can take that space?

But try as she might, the girl cannot dislike him forever. Timmerman is kind, gentle, and soft-spoken to everyone, even the dog, who lets him untangle her matted coat. Despite herself, the girl becomes fond of him.

When rumors begin to fly, she tries not to listen. But it's hard, especially when Timmerman is often seen late at night, wandering the streets with a shovel and sack over his shoulder. Is he stashing stolen goods? Burying dead cats? The girl takes a black eye for defending him at school. Even so, curiosity compels her to ask the question she knows she shouldn't ask. Though Timmerman promises an explanation in time, he avoids a direct answer and disappears shortly after, leaving the girl to worry and wonder.

Not until spring is the answer to Timmerman's nighttime walks beautifully presented, leaving the entire street with a living memory of Timmerman's presence.

Timmerman Was Here is a charming tale of mystery, perception, and the gift of friendship.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780887768903
Branch Call Number: Z SYD
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Debon, Nicolas 1968-- Illustrator


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Jan 09, 2015

This is a very good story and keeps you wondering till the end what Timmerman was doing out at night with a burlap sack and a shovel . This a wait-and-see tale that is a charming blend of mystery , perceptions , friendship and trusting your instincts . The end result will be a touching surprise just as the end of this story is .

emilymelissabee Aug 24, 2012

This is a great story all about trusting one's instincts, avoiding bullying, and standing up for what - or who - one believes in. An inspirational and sweet story that is also beautifully illustrated, this book is classic.

Aug 06, 2010

This is a fantastic book that challenges the reader to forget preconcieved notions about someone or to blindly follow what everyone else believes and to follow your own beliefs instead.

This is a book that can be enjoyed by children of all ages as the lesson being taught is universal and timeless.

This book can be shared in the classroom as a read aloud to Div. I students and for Div. II students it is a fantastic book to have discussions about acceptance of others and holding to one's beliefs when everyone else believes in something else.

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