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Heap, Sue, 1954- , author.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Amy learns to share her toys with baby Joe and twins Zack and Jack.
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From New York Times best-selling illustrator Sue Heap comes the perfect antidote for reluctant sharers everywhere.

Amy loves her blankie, her bear, her bunny, and her bird very much. "Mine!" she proudly crows. But what will happen when baby Joe and twins Zak and Jack want to join in and play too? Sue Heap's joyful illustrations bring a classic story of learning to share to vibrant life.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Snuggling on her blankie with her beloved Bear, Bunny, and Bird, Amy is quite content. But when twins Zack and Jack pick up Bear and Bunny and ask to play, she yells, MINE! While the three kids grab for the two stuffed animals, Baby Joe picks up Bird. Amy snatches all the toys back, saying, MINE, but Joe looks so sad all alone that she rethinks her approach, changing her refrain to mine AND yours. In the happy ending, everyone shouts, yours AND mine! Written in short sentences and heartfelt, childlike dialogue, this simple story strikes a chord that will resonate with young children who know that they should share but find it very difficult. Heap's expressive artwork conveys an operatic range of emotions within the short space of a picture book. Created using colored pencils and acrylic paints, the vibrant illustrations feature simplified characters and settings against the plain white backgrounds. A strong read-aloud choice that many parents and caregivers will want to share.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Heap (Danny's Drawing Book) adds to the bookshelf of titles about kids struggling with sharing. In this case, the guilty party is a girl named Amy, who is very attached to her orange blanket. And her bear. And her bunny. And her bird. One can almost feel the hug Amy gives her three stuffed animals as Heap shows them sprawled out on the blanket. "I love you all," she tells them, "because we're together and because you're MINE." Reality quickly intrudes in the form of Amy's twin brothers, who grab Bunny and Bear and "whirled and twirled them around and around," and Baby Joe, who has a soft spot for Bird. Toy snatching and hurt feelings ensue, but Heap doesn't make Amy suffer a dark night of the soul (or a parental scolding). Rather, she already knows what she needs to do, and she distributes the toys among her brothers. It's perhaps an unrealistically rapid turnaround, but Heap's naive pencil-and-acrylics art expresses so much joy at the siblings' reconciliation that some readers might just be tempted to see what happens when they share. Ages 2-5. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Amy has difficulty sharing her toys, especially when her twin brothers take them and toss them around. But when Baby Joe tries to play with one of Amy's stuffed animals, the twins shame her for taking it away from him. Amy realizes that her little brother has no toys and instead of telling him that Bird is hers, she announces that it is "YOURS AND MINE." Pleasing cartoon illustrations are large and soft, on plain white backgrounds. Text is minimal and printed in an easy-to-read font, which should be helpful for young readers. Other books about sharing present the concept in a richer context, such as Anna Dewdney's Llama, Llama Time to Share (Viking, 2012) or Jane Yolen's How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends (Scholastic, 2006). While Mine! does an adequate job with the concept, the story is a little flat.-Mary Hazelton, formerly at Warren & Waldoboro Elementary Schools, ME (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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