Timely Umit Upturns Tim
In 1950s Turkey, along the banks of the Daylan River, Tim, a timid turtle, gets swept by a monsoon up a river where he lands on a striped furry rug. It’s Umit, a tiger who promises to take Tim home. Can Tim trust Umit? Will he arrive at the same fate as the gingerbread boy? This book is filled with the alliterative sounds of “t” and is written in rhyming couplets.
Inspiration for the Story
Inspiration for the story came from a friend of mine who is very timid and cautious. This person struggles with anxiety and fear and as such often is perceived as being aloof, distant and uninterested which leads people to be less wanting to engage in conversation or do things, resulting in this person feeling lonely. It was when this friend mustered up the courage to do something different that their attitude then changed. They were happier, more trusting, more confident and their relationships with others improved. I also wanted to write a story that who be similar to The Gingerbread Boy story in that a vulnerable character who have to trust a stronger character but in contrast to the Gingerbread Boy, the story ends on a positive note, celebrating trust and friendship.
About the Illustrator
Keith has always drawn and painted. As a child, after the war when here were shortages of so many things, he would paint Christmas cards for the family to send to friends and relatives. In the early days most of his work involved pencil drawings and later he did many pen and ink drawings. This was complimented by his work as a draftsman for many years.
In recent years Keith has been drawn into the fascinating and often frustrating world of watercolour painting. He says sometimes it seems like the paints have a mind of their own which can often lead to surprising results, sometimes good and sometimes not so good. Keith draws inspiration mostly from the natural world, landscapes, seascapes, birds and animals in particular but recently he has turned his hand to portraits and figure painting. He sees each new painting as an exciting journey, never sure of where the path will lead but always interesting and rewarding. His immediate ambition is to embark on some large scale works which he sees as particularly challenging for the water colour painter. Maybe he just needs larger brushes. Now, if he can just get the cat to move off his drawing-board…..
He has participated in the Sidney Fine Art Show several times and in 2015 earned Honorable Mention for his work titled “Family Elephant”.
Guide for Reading: PRC
Predictions, Reflections and Connections
Predicting is an essential tool when developing as a strong reader. This story has been written to hook the young audience in engaging in predictable events.
Reflecting throughout a book makes the story extra personal and come alive. It reflects a reader’s level of comprehension. A more thoughtful and complex reflection and connection reveal a higher understanding of the story. They also help reinforce one’s memory sequence which forms the basis of a retelling with more detail and reference to nuance. A simple and literal retelling reflects a more simplistic understanding.
Making connections facilitates a deeper understanding of a story through making inferences, noting details and relating them to prior information. It is seeing, linking, and articulating other topics and events to the story. The reader is applying this reading experience to other learned information. Often when making connections the reader will arrive at exciting new insights that extend beyond the literal story.