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I Can Share: A Lift-the-Flap Book (Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Books) Hardcover – October 7, 2004

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 3 years
  • Series: Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Books
  • Hardcover: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Ltf edition (October 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448436116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448436111
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Check out my newest book WIGGLE YOUR TOES! A Book to pull,fluff, and wiggle!

I have always been interested in folk art from around the world, Indian miniatures, Mexican ceramics, fabrics, Chagall, Matisse, children's art, and primitive painting, and I love to paint and experiment with pattern, texture, collage and color. The careers I've had--as a costume designer, a quilt maker, a fabric artist, and a graphic designer--have taken all these interests into account. Looking back, I can see that these passions and career choices have played a large part in influencing me to become a children's book author and illustrator.

But most importantly, it was after my husband and I adopted our daughter from Guatemala that I was inspired to do a children's book for her. My first book, Over the Moon, was the story of that magical experience of welcoming our daughter Lena into our lives. I painted, I drew, I collaged, and I wrote, and after working very hard... a beautiful book was born! Twenty-two books later, my daughter--now fourteen years old--still is an inspiration for me.

I am fascinated by babies and little kids. The simplest words and gestures can make them laugh. Sometimes standing in line at the supermarket and watching kids in grocery carts, my best ideas are born.

I am fascinated by people from all over the world and what they look like and how they live and the differences that make us all unique.

When an idea pops into my head I ask these questions:
Will a child want to read this book?
Will a parent want to read this book with their child?
Will this book make a parent and child feel something?
Is there something visual here that will hold a child's interest?
Will a child see something in a different way after reading this book?
If the answer is yes, then I know I'm on the right track.

I am very lucky to get to do what I do. Everyday I go into my studio and have fun. Don't get me wrong, some days are very frustrating. Sometimes the colors are all wrong and the words don't sound right. But after I work at it for a while...and try to do it a different way...and think...and change the words or colors...and try some more...suddenly, there it is--a great page of writing, or a great illustration. And nothing is more satisfying than that.

Customer Reviews

It really doesn't teach kids to actually share AT ALL.
No, I'm not sharing my stuff with you - but I can try to give you something else instead.
S. Passer
I do love the other Karen Katz books, and was GREATLY disappointed with this book.
Kate in Cincinnati

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

71 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Tanya on June 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I believe it was Magda Gerber (author of Your Self-Confident Baby and infant educator in Los Angeles, RIE.org) who said that young children need to OWN before they can share. Often, well-meaning parents of toddlers, trying to teach good manners, expect/encourage/demand/force sharing because it's "polite" and they are afraid (in part) of being judged by other parents. They do not want to look like permissive wimps, so they cheerfully take the toy away from their child (who is not done with it) and hand it over to the child asking, and remind their child they need to share.

There is a reason preschools have 8 shovels, 6 baby dolls, etc. There would be fighting and tears going on all the time if they did not. Even in the Montessori classroom children use a mat to do their work on. The mat delineates * their * personal space and their right to it. Other children can ask if they can work with them (share) and the child has the right to say yes or (a polite) no, thank you. To take away the toy (work) from the first child, who is still busy exploring it, teaches what exactly? That we need to share? Yes we do, but there are ways to do it without causing problems.

It honors the child playing with the toy when you acknowledge her. "No, she is playing with that right now. What else would you like?" "When he is finished playing with it, it will be your turn."

The beauty of this book is that it illustrates conflict resolution techniques for children (and parents). When there is a conflict, you can ask children to think of three solutions. This is pretty impossible to ask of toddlers, but you can ask it of older children. It does help diffuse the situation.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By LoveShoppingAmazon on November 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I totally disagree with the negative reviews of this book. We investigated numerous approaches to sharing and liked this the best.

Many child development experts agree that sharing involves compromise and taking turns. A child does not have to give up a toy he/she is playing with just because another child demands it. Life does not work that way. We don't see adults giving up their "toys" when another adult wants to take them.

Sharing is not about giving up one's things - it is about taking turns and offering alternatives.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L. English on January 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My 2 year old daughter had some difficulty sharing. I believe she felt once the toy was "shared" it was leaving forever. After reading this book many many times she seemed to grasp the notion that the toy was still hers. She willingly shared after and took much pride in her ability to hand things over. It is still a work in progress. If another child grabs for something she has, naturally her instinct is to pull it back. I do not want her to develop the idea sharing means you let other kids take anything they want from her. However, I can diffuse the battle much easier by making suggestions of how we can share. As a mom the book also helped me become more creative in finding alternatives rather than trying to force her to give up a toy.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Michael W on December 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Look, I really like this author and own and read a ton of her books to my kids, but this one just really rubs me the wrong way.

My main problem is that the book is called "I Can Share" and then what follows are several examples of kids doing things that are anything but sharing.

For example,

One girl asks, "Can I play with your doll?"

The other girl replies..."No...but you can play with this other Doll."

Ok, That is NOT sharing. Its appeasement. None of the examples are sharing. They are keeping what you have and appeasing the person asking you for something by giving them something else.

Now, ironically, I tend to believe that "sharing" is highly over-rated. We try to teach kids to "share" their toys with other kids, when in fact, we as adults rarely share our toys with our friends.

However, what I don't want to do is teach my kids that words have bendable meanings...or that this is what sharing means.

The verb use of the word share is as follows:

1. to divide and distribute in shares; apportion.
2. to use, participate in, enjoy, receive, etc., jointly: The two chemists shared the Nobel prize.

None of the actions in this book are remotely close to that definition.

This book should be titled, "I Can Mollify." or even better "How to Spin Your Friends Into Appeasement When They Want Something You Got."
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. Drake on March 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We are huge fans of Karen Katz books but this book completely misses the mark in my opinion. Sharing involves taking turns, not offering your friend something less desirable so they will quit pestering you for what they really want. Aside from this book not really being about sharing, it also uses horrible wording. Every page beings with a child saying something in a very rude manner. Examples: "MY NEW DOLL! You can't have her." "MY BIKE! You can't ride it." "MY FRIEND! You can't play with her." I wish I had followed my instincts and hid this book from my daughter, the only thing she has learned from it is to run around saying "It's mine" in a very rude and obnoxious tone. I don't force my child to surrender toys just because her friends want them. I try to teach her to explain nicely that they may have the toy when she's done......this book has completely undone the progress I had made in that department. Such a bummer!

Most of our books we outgrow or don't like get donated, this one went in the trash.
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