Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mine, All Mine!

A large snowflake lands on Little Squirrel's nose one morning. Instead of sharing it with his brothers and sisters, Little Squirrel hoards the snowflake and builds a nest so he can hide it from his family.  As he stares at the snowflake, he says "Mine, all mine." As the next day rolls along, Little Squirrel realizes that what he truly treasures is not something that he can keep to himself.

Mine, All Mine, written by Claire Hawcock and illustrated by Chiara Pasqualotto, is similar to books like The Rainbow Fish with its message of learning to share, but I'm not sure you can have enough of these books in preschool and kindergarten.  The message is clearly evident, but you're not bludgeoned with it.  The illustrations of the squirrels are a bright mix of reds and browns and the acrylic paint snowflakes are a nice touch.

Preschoolers and kindergartners will easily relate to this story and enjoy the illustrations. This is a good text to use for teaching connections and character development. You can point out that one of the features of fictional stories is characters who change as the book progresses.

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