Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Tom and the Two Handles Hardcover – Mar 1966


See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover, Mar 1966
CDN$ 19.54
Paperback
"Please retry"
CDN$ 0.45

2014 Books Gift Guide
Yes Please, the eagerly anticipated first book from Amy Poehler, the Golden Globe winning star of Parks and Recreation, is featured in our 2014 Books Gift Guide. More gift ideas


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Mammoth (March 1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0437900371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0437900371
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
0
4 star
0
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 26 2010
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: My son read aloud to me for his reader.

Russell and Lillian Hoban are a husband/wife team most popularly known for their series of books about Frances the bear. According to the bio on the back jacket flap of my copy this is their 9th book together at this point in time. This book is currently out of print and will stay that way as its way of illustrating its message is not what would be called acceptable by the majority of the masses today.

Tom comes home with a bloody nose that his friend, Kenny, has given him and his father explains that every problem has "two handles", two ways of looking at and fixing it: a bright side and a dark side. Tom takes his advice and comes home again the next day with a bloody nose. He keeps getting advice from his father both on why he loses the fights, tips on how to fight better and sage advice on fixing the problem without fighting. When Tom tries to explain things to Kenny it just never works out the way his father made it sound. For example, the time Tom is upset about always losing his father says "You win some, you loose some." Tom tells Kenny he doesn't want to fight anymore, everything's ok, you win some, you loose some. Then the friend turns around and says hey what do you mean I loose some? I always win! and Tom comes home with another bloody nose. (My son found this hysterical.) In the end, Tom and Kenny stop being best friends, Tom takes up practicing with a punching bag in the back yard and gains confidence in his fighting skills though he knows he'll never be as good as Kenny. Then he goes over to ask Kenny to be best friends again, who agrees saying Tom was the one who always started the fights anyway.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 3 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great, simple tale. April 4 2000
By "easmith14@hotmail.com" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My brother and I received this book when we were about six years old. A library was having a sale, and it came in a box of other childrens books. Out of all of the books, this is the one that we read the most. This is a wonderful, simple tale, about a boy who, when faced with a problem, knows there are always two "handles" on the situation. One is bad, the other is good. This book helps children learn how to make good choices. I am in my twenties now, and I haven't read "Tom and the two handles" in many years. But the story has remained with me over the years, and I'm sure it will have the same impact on children today.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Boys Will Be Boys June 26 2010
By Nicola Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reason for Reading: My son read aloud to me for his reader.

Russell and Lillian Hoban are a husband/wife team most popularly known for their series of books about Frances the bear. According to the bio on the back jacket flap of my copy this is their 9th book together at this point in time. This book is currently out of print and will stay that way as its way of illustrating its message is not what would be called acceptable by the majority of the masses today.

Tom comes home with a bloody nose that his friend, Kenny, has given him and his father explains that every problem has "two handles", two ways of looking at and fixing it: a bright side and a dark side. Tom takes his advice and comes home again the next day with a bloody nose. He keeps getting advice from his father both on why he loses the fights, tips on how to fight better and sage advice on fixing the problem without fighting. When Tom tries to explain things to Kenny it just never works out the way his father made it sound. For example, the time Tom is upset about always losing his father says "You win some, you loose some." Tom tells Kenny he doesn't want to fight anymore, everything's ok, you win some, you loose some. Then the friend turns around and says hey what do you mean I loose some? I always win! and Tom comes home with another bloody nose. (My son found this hysterical.) In the end, Tom and Kenny stop being best friends, Tom takes up practicing with a punching bag in the back yard and gains confidence in his fighting skills though he knows he'll never be as good as Kenny. Then he goes over to ask Kenny to be best friends again, who agrees saying Tom was the one who always started the fights anyway. Well, they end up having another fight but this time Tom wins and he sits on Kenny and finally explains the "two handles" way of looking at things when you're the one who lost. Kenny finally understands and all's well that ends well.

My son had a riot reading this book. To him it was pure comedy and plain silliness. I pretty much let it go at that, though I did try to see that he got the message of the "two handles" and we discussed fighting. He immediately saw the difference in this story that obviously took place in the olden days (the cars placed it in time) and today's reality by noting that when people fight today they use weapons like chains, knives and hard sticks (he's seen it on TV).

A fun book that certainly reads differently today than its original intentions in its day. But also an interesting look into the past when there was a different mindset and culture where something that has become such a problem today (schoolyard violence) could be a simple case of "boys being boys" having a few rounds of fisticuffs. My rating is based on a combination of our enjoyment of the book today and the book's relevance as a product of its time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good book for young kids, grandkids and parents too Jan. 20 2013
By Russ Carnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Russell and Lillian Hoban have been writing and illustrating family stories for a long time. We have many of their books and always find them to be attention getting with good family value messages for the little ones and reminders for the adults of these good family values. They are sturdy, well illustrated with colorful pages, hold up well with reasonable care, and are great for bedtime stories.

Look for similar items by category


Feedback