When Tom hurts himself skateboarding, Oliver rushes over to comfort him, but notices something strange.
Tom should be crying, but he isn't...
Tom's Tears is the reminder that every little (and big!) human needs that emotions should be shared and celebrated.
A kids' book that celebrates tears for what they really are: normal!
Recommended ages: for 0 - 6yrs old
Author: Teigan Margetts
Illustrator: Alvin Mulyono
What is this picture book about?
Join Tom and his best friend, Oliver, as they go on an adventure to rediscover Tom’s tears … and the more sinister reason why he’s lost them in the first place.
This moving and poignant book strikes right at the heart of how we talk to children about their emotions and particularly, who can show them and how.
Like a warm hug you didn’t know you needed, this beautiful story will help you rediscover your own tears … as well as Tom’s!
Praise for Tom's Tears
“As a teacher, one thing I’m extremely passionate about is emotions. Now thanks to this book, I am able to share why this is important with my children, daily.’ Hello Miss Emma
“As a dad myself, I know how important role modelling is. This book shows us that it's ok to cry. That it's ok to show emotions and that it's most definitely ok to talk about our feelings." Mr Loves Book Shelf
An excerpt from the story
"Oh no, Tom, how bad is it?" Oliver asked.
"It hurts so much," Tom winced. "But I can't show it - I'm not allowed to cry."
"Why?" Oliver asked, confused.
"Because I've lost my tears," Tom replied.
"Whatever to do you mean - how did you lose your tears?" Oliver asked.
"It all started a few months ago," explained Tom. "My dad told me that I'm not allowed to cry. He said I needed to be a real man. He said that if I cried that would make me a girl."
"Oh," Oliver responded, sounding surprised. His dad had never told him that.
Size: 11" x 8.5" landscape (27.5 x 21cm)
Cover: softcover (300GSM)
Pages: soft inside pages (200GSM)
All Ethicool Books are designed for ages 0 - 6 years old.
All our stories average 500-750 words in length.
This book is retailed exclusively online by Ethicool Books Pty Ltd, and available for purchase worldwide via our website.
What a beautiful story. It IS OK to cry. I hope this will help young boys (especially), and girls know that it is OK to show your emotions.
Lovely book, frees all children from the belief that boys shouldn’t cry.
Purchased a variety of titles and love them all ..tom's tears, samson the turtle, the rainforest classroom for some little people in my life ... not all received as yet but those who have love them.
A well written book for little boys to understand x
Read this to my grand kids and they loved it. Explained the message in a grandma kinda way. Excellent book.
This book resonated so much to me and when I shared it with my kinder class I’m enabled so many children to express their thoughts and share similar stories. Thank you for writing such a beautiful heartfelt story.
Loved this book absolutely amazing story line for little boys to hear and illustrations awesome.
My four year old son loves this book. At bedtime it’s one of the books he will pull off the shelf and add to the top of the pile. He asks so many questions as I’m reading it to him and I can tell he’s drawn in by every word and picture, thinking deeply about the story and it’s meaning. He always asks if Tom lands his kick flip at the end and I ask what he thinks happens. He says “I think he does”. Thank you for creating such an important book for young men.
What a beautiful friendship Tim and Oliver have in this story. The concept that 'Boys Don't Cry' in explored in a gentle and relatable way for children. I hope there is a follow up story where Tom and his Dad can reconnect on an emotional level.