To Share or Not to Share?

by Dianne White on March 23, 2014

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IT’S NOT YOURS, IT’S MINE! by Susanna Moores (Child’s Play, 2013)

Blieka’s been given a ball. It’s big. Round. And red. It’s hers. Forever and always. Blieka doesn’t care if her friends keep asking to borrow it. She won’t share and, worried that someone might take the ball without asking, Blieka carries it with her EVERYWHERE.

Of course, something happens. The ball goes flat and Blieka realizes that if she wants her friends to help out, she’ll have to do her part and give sharing a try. It’s not easy at first, but it gets easier with practice. And the good news? Everyone brings their toys to share with her!

Ollie and Claire

OLLIE AND CLAIRE by Tiffany Strelitz Haer, illustrated by Matthew Cordell (Philomel Books, 2013)

Ollie and Claire are best friends. A tightly knit pair, as close as hot buttered biscuits and jam. “They frolicked by day at the park and the bay, where they yodeled and yoga’d and swam.” For a long time, the two are inseparable. Then, Claire becomes bored. She needs a change!

Out and about, she spots a sign announcing, “Travel Friend Wanted for Round-the-World Journey.” She can’t pass up the opportunity and, surely, Ollie won’t mind being left behind. Or will he?

Bink and Gollie Best Friends

BINK AND GOLLIE: Best Friends Forever by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile (Candlewick Press, 2013)

Bink and Gollie are best friends, even though they don’t always see eye-to-eye. When Gollie discovers a photo of her old Aunt Natasha dressed like a queen, she suspects royal blood flows through her veins. Bink is not impressed. She likes the old Gollie. Who needs a “new” friend when the “old” one was perfect?

Never mind. Bink has her own problem to deal with. Her very own Acme Stretch-O-Matic should take care of it! After all, why should she be shorter than her friend?

The last chapter sees Bink and Gollie gathering a prize-winning collection in hopes of finding their way into the second volume of Flicker’s Arcana of the Extraordinary. It doesn’t happen quite as they planned, but these girls know how to make their own happy endings.

Somewhere between  EZ reader, early reader, and picture book, Bink and Gollie offers a refreshing, quirky look at friendship.

Barbara Younger March 24, 2014 at 6:27 am

These books sound perfect for my grandson Mazen, 18 months, who is making friends and sharing only when the mood strikes him.

Dianne White March 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Yes, Barbara. It’s Not Yours, It’s Mine is just what you’re looking for. Enjoy!

Nancy Bo Flood March 24, 2014 at 8:30 pm

These three books are some of my new favorites – and so “right on.” With three grandbaby boys all turning from two to three, sharing is … very hard sometimes. Bink and Gollie became fun favorites when socks was the issue. Thank you, Dianne.

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