Saturday, April 28, 2012

Children's Book Saturday "Mine" By: Shutta Crum

Story By: Shutta Crum
Illustrated by: Patrice Barton

Synopsis from Amazon:
Have you ever had a toy you really really liked?  Have you ever had a lot of toys you really really liked?

Have you ever said "MINE!"?

If so, this book is for you!

Enjoy this adorable, playful, picture-based book about two very young children and an adorable dog navigating the troubles and triumphs of sharing.
My Thoughts:
     For a book that only has two words, "Mine" is a delightful telling of two siblings, their dog, and an argument over their toys. Of the two words, I bet you can't figure out which one plays an important role in the story! (Insert grin here!)
      It's a tale as old as time. Sharing. It isn't easy, it isn't fun, but we all must do it. In this tale by Shutta Crum, two siblings have to learn this lesson the hard way. When the baby reaches for a toy, the toddler grabs it away and tells him, "Mine!" The scene is repeated throughout the story until, as all good stories do, the story ends with a happy ending...the knowledge that sometimes sharing can be fun.
       A simple story, yet stunningly crafted, "Mine" is a great story for toddlers. It relates to children in an easy to understand, truly elemental way. One of my favorite illustrators out there, Patrice Barton, who is an amazing artist, brings the story to life. I thought it was adorable and can't wait to share it with the kids this summer at my library.

Images Copyrighted by the wise, wonderful, and talented Illustrator: Patrice Barton
Book Details
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Date of Publication: June 14, 2011
# of Pages: 32
ISBN: 978-0375867118

1 comment:

  1. My 3.5 year old is going through the "Mine" stage right now. Ughhhhh. I probably should read her this book! Heh. :)