Trampoline Boy book cover

Trampoline Boy

Through the eyes of a character we only know as Trampoline Boy, we are invited to understand how he sees the world. His favorite thing to do is jump up and down, up and down on his trampoline. Kids walk by and tease him, but he remains steadfast and calm. One day, a quietly exuberant girl, Peaches, is fascinated by his jumping. Trampoline Boy wordlessly invites her to jump with him, and by spending this time with him, Peaches and readers get to see how important and valuable different perspectives are.

Trampoline Boy. Text © 2018 Nan Forler Illustrations © 2018 Marion Arbona. Reproduced by permission of Tundra Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers, a Penguin Random House Company, Toronto.

Lesson Plan

The Lesson Plan for Trampoline Boy is available with purchase and sent to an email address provided by the school board. To view a sample Lesson Plan, click on the file below. It is based on “Trampoline Boy”.

Sample Lesson Plan
Trampoline Boy lesson plan cover

Book Creators

Nan Forler

Nan Forler portrait

Nan Forler is a writer and a teacher who lives in a house overflowing with music and books. She likes to write stories at an old wooden table in her kitchen, and some of those stories are made into books. Nan is especially excited about her new picture book, Trampoline Boy!

Trampoline Boy invites the reader to embrace each person’s unique perspective in a happy celebration of the joy of jumping. Nan has visited schools and festivals across Canada, to share the messages of kindness and empathy with her book, Bird Child. Her book of narrative poems, Winterberries and Apple Blossoms has been awarded the Nautilus Silver Medallion as well as being named the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry Honor Book. Nan shares her home with her husband, her two children and a yorkie-poo named Alice.

Marion Arbona

Marion Arbona portrait

After obtaining a diploma in animation film at Les arts Décoratifs de Paris, Marion Arbona started working as an illustrator for children’s books. When she is not drawing, she is particularly interested in deep sea fishes, cats (even though she is allergic) and weird plants. She also likes reading and watching movies. Her favourite gouache colour is light cadmium red. Marion was awarded several illustration prizes in the USA and in Canada where she lived for 10 years.