A question children everywhere ask at least once in their little lives: ”Why should I share?” The book of the same title exposes the truth behind why sharing is good. A necessary tool when you have excessive siblings in the house or cousins or friends or if your child does want a friend! What parent isn’t stumped by these simple questions when in the middle of a tug of war fight over a dump truck? STOP! Get this book and take a little pressure away from the situation. Your child will want to share after reading this book, guaranteed!
Poor mommy looks bedraggled, frustrated, and at the end of her rope as the little boy states matter of factly that his mother is very mad at him. Why? He refused to share with his little brother. Again. The snack brought to the table was supposed to be for both boys, not just one. As the boy is shown locking the four locks on his bedroom door, shutting his toys away from everyone else, his mother asks him what would happen if he didn’t share his toys. His friends will refuse to play with him any more, but what if he refused to share his snacks? His friends would not like him any more. Boy, that is a bit harsh!
What if he refuses to share his yo-yo with his little brother? His mother will put it away and no one will get it. Now he is so upset that he goes next door to where the twins live. They told him how they grew up sharing everything together and said sharing made things more fun. As he played with them, he understood. Then he says just think, what’s the point of having a brand new Frisbee if you don’t share it with a friend? Even grownups share things like tools between neighbors and the pets share their food bowl. Of course, what is best about sharing is that others might just share with you too!
I love these “Why Should I” books for my daughter. It is so hard to just talk to her about why we should behave and share, but reading a book makes it more real for her. I do think we need a book for why not to grab other kids’ things away from them too! My daughter agreed that the boy sharing with the twins and the twins sharing with him looked much more fun than him playing all alone with his things, not sharing with anyone and she said awww when he shared with his little brother at the end.
This 32-page book called ”Why Should I Share” has one to six lines of text per page and some of the text is in bubbles for dialogue of the characters. As always in these books, the pictures are hilarious. Poor mom gets soaked by the hose that the kids won’t share and the dog learning a new trick while the boys dangle a bone in front of him is pretty cute too! Full color cartoon illustrations show the boy with his family and friends, sharing and not. Recommended for the non-sharer in your family ages 3 and up!
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