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06 October 2021
Sam is tired of his toys. Why would he want his Grandma's old trainset and teddy when there's a toy factory high up in the clouds that makes rumbly red toys, grumbly green toys and so much more? In this important story about reducing waste and taking responsibility for the environment, Sam is about to find out.

Toy Mountain is a quirky story about 5-year-old Sam's chance to become a toy tester for the Tiny Hands Toy factory. After Sam signs up for his exciting new task, he quickly accumulates a pile of plastic, clunky toys, discarding the well-loved toys handed down to him from his Grandma. But one by one and plonk! by plonk!, his shiny new toys start to break. Soon enough, Sam has a mountain of broken toys that just won't stop growing!

This colourful and whimsically illustrated story highlights the waste that results from 'consumer culture', and the value of looking after our belongings. Inspired by the author's childhood of hand-me-down toys, it empowers children to take sustainability into their own hands through their toy purchases. This is a vitally important message in a world where we generate 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic each year, 79% of which goes into landfill.

Children and adults alike will find themselves cheering Sam along as he rescues his treasured old toys from being lost under a growing mound of broken plastic, and realises why they're so special after all.
By:   Stef Gemmill
Illustrated by:   Katharine Hall
Imprint:   Exisle
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 245mm,  Width: 254mm, 
ISBN:   9781925820966
ISBN 10:   1925820963
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   06 October 2021
Recommended Age:   From 3 to 8 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stef Gemmill is a children's author and former technical writer, teacher, and freelance music journalist. She won the children's category of the International Rubery Book Awards with her picture book A Home For Luna in 2020. Katharine Hall is an illustrator who tells stories that translate across language, specialising in ink work and digital design. Her lively, happy-go-lucky style is inspired by a few simple loves; intricate details, fluffy cats, funny stories, bright colours, and nature.

Reviews for Toy Mountain

Toy Mountain is a really special message picture book from EK Books. Written by Stef Gemmill and Katharine Hall, this book celebrates the little things in life. The special connection between generations and the appreciation of the things - in this case toys. It's really a celebration of those special moments and those special things that bring us closer together as people. A really beautifully told story with the moral of realisation of what is important and connection. * NZ Booklovers *

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