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We share everything!
Munsch, Robert N., 1945-
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
On the first day of school, after their kindergarten teacher scolds them for not sharing, a boy and girl share their clothes and shoes.
General Note:
"Cartwheel books."
Reading Level:
360 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 51687.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 1 Quiz: 17393 Guided reading level: J.
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Concord Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lancaster Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Marilla Free Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
North Collins Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Williamsville Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Frank E. Merriweather Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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When Amanda and Jeremiah start kindergarten, they don't know how to share, so they rely on the tactics they use at home to get what they want: screaming, kicking, and grabbing. "In kindergarten we share," says their teacher. Soon they take this message to heart and begin to share everything, including their shoes and clothes! Kids will love this humorous take on the virtues of sharing. Text copyright 2004 Lectorum Publications, Inc.

Author Notes

Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 11, 1945. He received an undergraduate degree in history and a master's degree in anthropology. While studying to be a Jesuit priest, he worked part-time at an orphanage. He decided he liked working with children and left the Jesuits after 7 years to work in a daycare center. He studied for a year at the Elliot Pearson School of Child Studies at Tufts University. He ended up at a lab preschool at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario and eventually became a Canadian citizen.

While working at a daycare center and telling stories to children, he realized that storytelling was what he loved to do and eventually he started writing the stories down. His first published title was Mud Puddle. He has written over 50 books including Love You Forever, Mortimer, Angela's Airplane, Andrew's Loose Tooth, Stephanie's Ponytail, Moira's Birthday, and Put Me in a Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6. On the first day of kindergarten, Amanda and Jeremiah use techniques they have learned at home for getting their way: grabbing, kicking, and screaming. In the midst of each brawl, their twinkle-toed teacher levitates before them in a cloud of flowers, butterflies, and doves, saying, "In kindergarten we share." Each gentle chiding leaves the children momentarily bemused, but they take her message to heart and share--their clothes. When the teacher spots the switched outfits, she loses her cool, then loses consciousness, while Jeremiah and Amanda share a high five before their delighted classmates. Not the best choice to pull out when a teacher asks for a book to help civilize the classroom but a fine choice for amusing children, who will find the book's familiar setting, impeccable logic, and deadpan humor irresistible. Watercolor washes brighten the cartoon-style drawings. From the opening scene showing two small children about to enter a large school to the chaotic pictures of their fights to the triumphant ending showing two pint-size heroes who have conquered the system on their first day, the artwork exaggerates, illuminates, and entertains. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Munsch and Martchenko (previously paired for The Paper Bag Princess and Alligator Baby) offer a snippet of a story about two squabbling kindergartners who have trouble sharing. When Amanda won't give Jeremiah the book she's looking at, he announces he will "yell and scream"; when he makes good on his threat, she stuffs the book in his mouth. When Jeremiah later refuses to surrender his building blocks to Amanda, she kicks over the elaborate Eiffel TowerÄlike structure he has constructed. Martchenko's watercolors serve up exaggerated images that sometimes mimic an animated cartoon. The teacher, for example, is pictured surrounded by doves, flowers and butterflies as she flaps her arms and repeatedly gushes, "In kindergarten we share. We share everything." The kid-geared slapstick will invite snickers, but beyond those few giggles, this is forgettable fare. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1 "In kindergarten we share. We share everything" gushes a smiling teacher surrounded by birds, flowers, confetti, and lofty ideals. Amanda and Jeremiah are new to this sharing idea and don't much care for it. Jeremiah tries yelling to get a book from Amanda while she tries kicking him to get some blocks; neither attempt works. After each unsuccessful encounter, the teacher coos "we share everything." When the two children get smattered with paint during another struggle, they are again told to share. They decide to trade clothes, and Jeremiah is quite pleased with Amanda's pink shirt and pants. But when teacher notices, she yells "Who said you could share your clothes?" The whole class enthusiastically responds, "We share EVERYTHING!" as they joyously join in the clothes swap. Not many kindergarten teachers would be as flustered as this poor soul, particularly by a boy wearing pink. Pinky of James Howe's "Pinky and Rex" series (S & S) wears it proudly. Munsch and Martchenko are as wonderfully irreverent as ever, poking fun at school rules, teachers, and the literal minds of the young. Readers will be amused and have much to discover amidst the madcap watercolor cartoon illustrations. Dressing, undressing, and sharing are ever-popular topics with this age group. All but the timid or easily offended will want to share this story aloud. Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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