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. Volume XX Number 36. . . .May 16, 2014
When I first received the review copy of Share, written and illustrated by Sally Anne Garland, my initial response was an exclamation of delight. Since we all judge books by their cover, I dare you to judge Share poorly. And it’s not just the cover that is darling; this playful picture book gently encourages children about the art of patience and – you guessed it! – sharing.
The story’s rhymes pop in page-turning rhythmic bursts, narrating the woes of a bunny named Bunny who is plagued by her young cousin. Share opens with Bunny smiling as Cousin toddles into the room. Mom reminds Bunny to share, and then the disasters unfurl. Cousin jostles and jiggles, bobs and blocks, scribbles and scrawls. Five pages end with poor Bunny stating, “I gave up doing that and…” as she moves on to a new activity until finally, she huffs and puffs and walks out the door.
Gwen Smid is a teacher, a writer, and a big sister. She has been forced to share on many occasions.
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