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Two Mice

By: Sergio Ruzzier

Two Mice

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Summary: Illustrations and minimal text follow two mice as they set off on an adventure that includes a shipwreck, kidnapping by a bird of prey, a narrow escape, and a moonlit stroll home.

Rating: 5 *****

Ruzzier creates a number book that goes beyond counting and addresses issues such as sharing, taking turns and jealousy as well.

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If You Plant a Seed

By: Kadir Nelson

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Summary: While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.

Rating: 3 ***

A simple story about sharing. Two animals plant seeds, but when some birds come asking them to share, they are not very kind, until they learn better.

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The Olive Tree

Written By: Elsa Marston
Illustrated By: Claire Ewart

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The Olive Tree

Summary:
The house next door to Sameer’s had been empty for as long as he could remember. The family had gone away when the war began. But now they were back, and he was ready to have fun with his new playmate. Together they could climb the big olive tree that overlooked both their gardens, and eat the delicious olives it produced. The only problem was that Muna, the little girl next door, didn’t want to play and she didn’t want to share the olives.

Rating: 4 ****

A classic tale of conflict and sharing.

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The Cherry Thief

By Renata Galindo

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The Cherry Thief

Summary:
Chef Armand’s cakes are famous for the delicious red cherries that adorn each one. But when the cherries start disappearing, he sets a trap to catch the thief, with unexpected results! What will he do with the culprit, and is there a long-term solution that will make everyone happy? A charming debut picture book filled with very visual humour.

Rating: 3 ***

The author tells the story more with pictures than with words which is why the ending is kind of confusing.

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The Mitten

By Alvin Tresselt

The Mitten
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A retelling of the traditional tale of how a boy’s lost mitten becomes a refuge from the cold for an increasing number of animals.

Rating: 5 *****

An adorable story about how there’s always room for one more, at least to a point.

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The Giving Tree

By Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree
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‘Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy.’ So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk…and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.

Rating: 3 ***

I never really liked this book even as as child. The boy is extremely selfish and only takes from the tree. Maybe that’s the point to show how selfish he is but he doesn’t even learn from himself.

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Angus and the Cat

By Marjorie Flack

Angus and the Cat
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Angus the terrier has to share his home with a new cat who eats Angus’s food and sits in his favorite places. How will they ever get along?

Rating: 5 *****

It’s no fun having to share all of a sudden. This is a great take on a new baby or even new pet.

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Stone Soup

By Marcia Brown

Stone Soup

Three soldiers came marching down the road towards a French village. The peasants seeing them coming, suddenly became very busy, for soldiers are often hungry. So all the food was hidden under mattresses or in barns. There followed a battle of wits, with the soldiers equal to the occasion.

Rating: *****

A nice and very cleaver lesson on the benefits of sharing.

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Ginger

By Charlotte Voake

Ginger
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Ginger the cat lives a comfortable, well-tended life. But when a pesky kitten moves in, Ginger’s days of ease are over. Now it seems he must share his bed and his meals with the intruder forever! What is a pampered cat to do?

Rating: *****

A nice book to talk about sharing with others.

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The Little Red Hen

By Paul Gadone

The Little Red Hen
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The familiar tale of the industrious hen and lazy cat, dog, and mouse.

Rating: *****

Every child needs to know this story. A nice story to discuss helping and sharing.

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