From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–Gail refuses to share her toys when her cousin Claire comes to play, prompting her mother to admonish her to be nice and find something her guest would enjoy. But Gail erupts in fury and claims all her possessions for herself. Finally, with a smug look, she digs out some cast-off stuff from the attic and presents it to her disappointed cousin. Her mother gently explains that she must share her favorite things, not throwaways, but Gail, who is not ready for that, promises to think about it another day. The story, told in rhyme, is illustrated in brightly colored acrylics that depict the possessive preschooler and her dejected visitor. But the mother is far too mild and ineffective in light of her daughter's obnoxious behavior, and the child is depicted as a sweet little girl. This story, although attempting to show a typical situation, conveys a negative message.–Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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