Toby's New World

Rated 4.83/5 based on 6 reviews
Toby has just learned he’ll never see again. Now he’s learning just how frustrating it can be doing even simple things when you’re blind. More

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Words: 2,590
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476234342
About Victoria Zigler

My name is Victoria, but most of my friends and family call me Tori. Feel free to do the same.

Born in the shadow of the black mountains in Wales, I now live by the sea in the south-east of England with my husband, Kelly, a degu named Joshua, a pair of chinchillas named Mollie and Maizie, and a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie.

Having battled with glaucoma since birth, I now find myself completely blind. But I haven’t let that stop me from chasing the dream I've had since I was a young child: the dream of becoming a published author. I've loved to read and write since I learned how, and always wanted to get my work published. Finally, in 2012, I made that dream come true by self-publishing the first of my books as an eBook via Smashwords. Several more titles have been published since, with paperbacks and audio books also being made available. So now I’m a published author of several poetry collections, as well as a long list of children’s stories.

I’m just as happy exercising the logical side of my brain as the creative side of it, so would describe myself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world. A couple of people have agreed with that description of me, so I feel I'm justified in using it.

When I’m not lost in my own world, you’re most likely to find me either reading, writing, or attempting to keep my eMails from piling up. If I’m not doing any of those things, chances are I’m spending time with my hubby and furkids. Either that, or taking some time to explore some of my other interests, such as knitting, Dungeons And Dragons style roleplaying games, music, brainteaser puzzles, movies, baking, history, science, astronomy, and a few other things that randomly capture my attention from time to time.

I also love almost anything to do with animals and nature. I have to say "almost" because I'm not too keen on spiders and creepy crawly things, though can pretend they don't exist if they don't come too close to me. My favourite animals are cats, dogs, rodents, and horses, though I generally get all soppy over just about any four-legged animal; especially young ones. That love of animals was a huge factor in my choice to become a vegetarian, as it's hard to enjoy a meal when you feel sorry for it.

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Review by: Gita V.Reddy on Aug. 09, 2015 :
Toby’s old world, the one in which he could see, is gone. He has glaucoma, the kind which cannot be treated, and will remain blind. His mother tells him he will be okay, his father tells him he will be okay but Toby is upset and angry. How can things be okay when he is not able to eat without covering himself and his stuffed bear with food? How can things be okay when he cannot find his clothes or his toothbrush? How can things be okay when his brother and sister laugh at him blundering about?
Toby’s New World is a very short book but gets to the root of a difficult subject: how do parents and children handle a situation wherein illness changes a child’s world. Do they smother him with love? Protect him? Challenge him? The answer is amazingly simple.
This story touched my heart. I recommend it to parents and children alike.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Chris The Story Reading Ape on Feb. 03, 2015 :
If YOUR little one has, or is developing, a sight problem, this first of a series of stories about Toby, a completely blind boy, may help you and your child cope better and your child become independent faster.
Written by the author, who is blind herself, from Toby's aspect.
Highly recommended.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: Karen Portman on July 02, 2014 :
stunning xxx
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: Emma Jackson on Oct. 18, 2012 :
This children’s book tells of how a young boy called Toby begins to cope with the news that he is permanently blind.

I think this is a wonderfully sensitive and educational book for young children learning to deal with blindness or, in fact, any child, to promote understanding and empathy. It is neither patronising or preachy and in simple, well written prose a positive message is conveyed whilst still giving an honest and realistic depiction of the difficult emotions Toby is dealing with.

The only reason I have given this 4 stars instead of 5 is because, as an adult, I don’t think I’m qualified to make an absolute judgment. I would need to see how a child responded to it in order to do that but I believe that the author has made a difficult subject very accessible.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

Review by: Karl Mousley on Sep. 06, 2012 :
A wonderful story full of insight into how going blind affects a youngster and how he and his family learned to cope. Gently written.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: muriel rowe on Sep. 06, 2012 :
Well what a truly heart warming little story, xx
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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