Where’s My Tushy?

Where’s My Tushy? by Deborah Aronson is one of my children’s favorite picture books. What happens if you have no tushy? What if your tushy decided to leave and go on vacation to the beach? What would people do without a behind? This silly, clever and engaging book is perfect for ages preschool and up and will leave you wondering about something you never thought about before!

In one small town, the tushies “believed that their lives were too tough and decided, Enough is Enough!” and left town. What did the people do? They were in despair, their clothes didn’t fit, and they couldn’t even sit down. Where did the tushies go for a break? They went to the beach to get a good tan and a rest. ¬†After some relaxation, the tushies decided that they missed being needed and decided to move back home where they were now appreciated! Not only is the story line unique and funny to a child, the rhyming verses and exposure to more unfamiliar vocabulary can be educational. Help your child ¬†learn some new vocabulary words such as perplexed, shock, glance, unturned, sifted, stress, clover, etc. As you are reading the book, define some of the more important unfamiliar words to your child. At the end of the story, review these words for comprehension.

I am excited to present this interview with the author of Where’s My Tushy? Deborah Aronson. As a speech language pathologist, I love meeting other professionals in my field that write children’s books and get their perspective on how their career influences their writing. Thank you Debbie!

1. How did you get the idea for writing “Where’s My Tushy?”

My father used to make up stories for me and my sisters. Our favorite story was about a lonely tushy looking for a purpose in life.
My father told us many versions of this story, which we loved hearing over and over. Decades after hearing my father’s stories, I wondered if I could come up with my own version, told from the point of view of the people who lost their tushies. And could my story be told in verse? I worked on this concept for many years before it finally came together. In fact, I rewrote the first two lines dozens of times before they felt right!

2. How did your background as a social worker help you with writing both of your children’s books?

As a social worker, I worked with children in foster care. Years after I retired from my career in social work, I never forgot those children, and the memory of them made me want to create stories that would engage and entertain a new generation of children.

3. My children think your book, “Where’s My Tushy?”, is so funny and clever and would love to see a sequel. Any plans for future books?
As yet, there is no plan for a sequel to “Where’s My Tushy?”. However, there is a sequel planned for “Dragons From Mars,” for publication within 2-3 years.

4. “Where’s My Tushy?” was your first children’s book published. Can you explain the process of getting published for the first time.

I love this question because I always think this is one of the most fascinating aspects of an author’s path.
When I first started writing, I did it strictly for fun, never envisioning a career as an author. I just loved working with verse to tell a story, and I loved the way verse seemed to enhance the humor in a story. I read my stories to family and friends, and some thought that the stories were publishable. Eventually I started submitting some of them to publishers, which was a truly humbling experience, with many rejections. When someone suggested that my story about tushies would never find a publisher, I became even more determined to keep at it. Perseverance won the day!

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