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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About Victoria Zigler

Victoria Zigler is a blind vegan poet and children's author. Born and raised in the shadow of the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, she moved away from Wales three times: once to spend six months living in Alberta, Canada, the other times to spend a few years living near Hastings on the South-East coast of England, UK, each time returning to Wales. Now she lives in Wales again, along with a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie, a Cavapoo named Logan, a Hermann’s Tortoise named Artemis, and her Canadian husband, Kelly.

Despite spending far too much time in hospital, and eventually losing her sight to Congenital Glaucoma, Victoria - or Tori, if you prefer - has been writing since she knew how, with no plans to stop any time soon. She has a long list of publications to her name, including several poetry collections, a whole load of children’s stories, a story in the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, three poems in the Poetry Treasures anthology, and a poem in the Stand Together charity anthology. Plus, Tori’s Hermann’s Tortoise, Artemis, was featured in both the Magnificent Pets Coloring Book For Children and the Magnificent Pets Mandala Coloring Book For Adults.

Vegan due to both a love for animals and dairy allergy, as well as an Eclectic Pagan, Tori describes herself 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. She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, which she dabbles in at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time, and is most likely to be found playing with her petkids, involved in calls with the ACB Community, curled up somewhere with a cup of tea and a book, working on some kind of craft project, or trying to keep one step ahead of those pesky typo fairies while writing her own books.

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About the Series: Toby's Tales
The "Toby's Tales" series follows Toby as he learns to adjust after losing his sight. These books are designed to show children – and adults too – the struggles and challenges faced by people who are blind, or who are adjusting to sight loss, while also being useful tools to educate those close to someone who is blind or adjusting to sight loss.

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Reviews of Toby's New World by Victoria Zigler

Gita V.Reddy reviewed on Aug. 9, 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)
Chris The Story Reading Ape reviewed on Feb. 3, 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)
Karen Portman reviewed on July 2, 2014

stunning xxx
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Emma Jackson reviewed 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)
Karl Mousley reviewed on Sep. 6, 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)
muriel rowe reviewed on Sep. 6, 2012

Well what a truly heart warming little story, xx
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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