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Timmerman Was Here

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Timmerman is mysterious. Moreover, he is bitterly resented by the young girl who lives in the same boardinghouse. After all, he occupies her beloved granddad’s now-vacant room. How dare he think he can take that space?

But try as she might, the girl cannot dislike him forever. Timmerman is kind, gentle, and soft-spoken to everyone, even the dog, who lets him untangle her m
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Tundra Books
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Lisa Vegan
Feb 12, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
This is a wonderful book for discussion, either between parent and child or in a classroom or other group.

I love that the story doesn’t talk down at all to kids. Although it’s a picture book, and the story is rather short, it reads like a novel.

I guessed they “mystery” and that was fine; many readers will guess correctly or make a general guess that’s basically correct.

It’s a terrific story about not making assumptions about someone just because you don’t understand them, to not listen to nasty
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“I had not intended to like Timmerman. In fact, I was stubbornly determined not to.” So believes a young girl when a boarder moves into the room once occupied by her grandfather, who has gone to live in a senior citizens’ home. In exchange for room and board, Timmerman does odd jobs around the house. He is quiet, polite and helpful and the young girl comes to the conclusion that she likes him, particularly when she notices his kindness to her dog. However, soon a stream of
Carolyn Hart
Timmerman Was Here is written from the perspective of a young girl. We share her nervousness as a stranger arrives at her home. The stranger moves into a bedroom, recently vacated by the girl’s grandfather who has gone to live in a residence for seniors. The young girl is not happy about the stranger’s arrival but as she watches and interacts with him, she discovers a gentle heart. When the stranger is discovered walking the neighbourhood at night (with a spade and a burlap sack), gossip abounds ...more
Jul 13, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Sydor, Colleen. (2009) Timmerman was here. Toronto, ON: Tundra Books.

Timmerman moves in to the girl’s house only one week after her grandpa has moved out to the senior’s home. She resents him immediately and is determined not to like him. She changes her mind after she witnesses how helpful and kind he is to everyone, especially her dog. Strange things started to happen in the neighborhood and the gossip starts flying. Timmerman is the target of it all. She becomes suspicious herself but then ta
A drifter, Timmerman, boards in a family's extra room (one that was previously held by the narrator's grandfather, and she resents Timmerman for staying in his room). Timmerman works hard to earn his room and board, and teaches the girl various handyman-type skills while he's there. She moves from resenting him to respecting and befriending him, but soon she becomes disturbed by rumors spread by the townspeople: what is Timmerman doing at night when people see him walking the streets with a ...more
Jan 21, 2010 Jocelyn rated it really liked it
This is a touching story that involves the value of friendship and accepting change. The girl resents Timmerman at first because he comes to occupy the room in her boardinghouse that was just recently her grandfather's. The kind man eventually wins her friendship, but there are rumors around town that Timmerman wanders at night, doing unsavory things.

The girl has doubts, but she stands up for him in spite of ridicule from others. She asks him what he does at night, but he only tells her she will
May 03, 2010 Kim rated it really liked it
Timmerman is a temporary boarder in a girl's home. She was determined NOT to like him, but he slowly won her over. Unfortunately, the gossip in the town made her question her loyalty ot Timmerman - but in the end she stuck to her beliefs and was rewarded for them.
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Colleen Sydor was born in Winnipeg and currently makes the city her home. A graduate of the University of Manitoba, she is not only a writer, she also works as a florist. In the last ten years she has won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award three times.
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