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We Share Everything! Paperback – September 1, 2000

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From Publishers Weekly

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 TowerAlike 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.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PreSchool-Grade 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
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590896016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590896016
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robert Munsch is the author of more than 25 books for children including The Paper Bag Princes and Stephanie's Ponytail. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied to be a Jesuit priest before deciding to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an MA in Early Childhood Education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario. The Munschs have three children: Julie, Andrew, and Tyya (see them all in Something Good!).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Robert Munsch is an excellent storyteller, and it shines through his books! This story is the absolute, all time favorite of my "Kinders".
All of Munschs' books, including We Share Everything, are great pattern books which are great for teaching a variety of early reading skills including making predictions, etc.
He scored a big time hit with me and my students!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My sons and I could not stop laughing while reading this book! Mr. Munsch has a humorous way of bringing up a frequently discussed topic at that age -- sharing. I have read other books by this author & enjoyed them also.
They are 5 & 8 and did not have a problem with the undressing issue -- they know what is appropriate & what is not. We usually discuss when we read books about what is real & appropriate and what is just pretend.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "rondee" on December 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
While it's true that kindergarteners generally would not share their clothes, young children love to think about and consider the ridiculous. My 10 year old thought this book was hilarious. Robert Munsch has a peculiar insight into the mind of children. My Head Start classroom yells "Robert Munsch" every time I bring out a new book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this book to my kindergartners for the first time this year. We laughed and laughed because it was so much like life in our kindergarten class. As always, Kindergarten teacher ends up eating own words! I intend to read it for our kindergarten graduation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Amanda and Jeremiah share a typical day at their first day ofKindergarten. Sharing is so hard for these little kids. When theteacher said, "We share everything", they took her seriously! Young children can relate to this story because sharing is such a big part of school and life!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is a "must have" for any Kindergarten teacher or a kindergartener. My students love to hear this story about sharing...over and over and over! I usually introduce it the first week of school when I am reviewing class rules and expectations. It is humourous, age appropriate,and a class favorite!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is about two kids, a boy named Jeremiah and a girl named Amanda. It's their first day of kindergarten. At first they did't share anything. My favorite part is when Jeremiah tried what worked on his little brother. He screamed so loud that he could break a window. My other favorite part is when Amanda tried what worked on her older brother. She kicked over Jeremiah's tower. I think other kids my age and younger will like this book because it has great illustrations and funny events. It also has very easy words. Read to find out if they share at the end of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By csmc on January 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
Sharing is a major issue in early childhood classrooms. Amanda and Jeremiah have issues sharing toys on their first day of kindergarten. The teacher sweetly reminds the children that "We share everything". When they cannot find something to share, they exchange shoes, then shirts. This continues until they are wearing each other's clothes. The book is hilarious. In my professional opinion, children will not take this to a higher level and think too much about exchanging clothes. This is a great book for kindergarteners.
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