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Mine! Mine! Mine! Hardcover – September 28, 2006

4.2 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (September 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402725388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402725388
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had high hopes for this book but I had to agree with SHO (the other customer with 1 star review).
The whole book was about Gail not wanting to share. For older kids, they can probably pick up the sarcasm about Gail "sharing" the old and broken stuff with her cousin Clair but it is hard for a 2 year-old to grasp the idea. Yes, my daughter loves this book because she learns to say "Mine! Mine! Mine!". This book actually gave her excuses NOT to share...
I would not recommend this book to parents with toddlers!
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I bought this book after the cover caught my eye on the display shelf. The story is thought-provoking for kids, and the rhythm is fun to read. Lovely illustrations. One of my favorites for my pre-schoolers.
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I purchased this book for my then two and half year old based on these reviews (didn't buy from Amazon though) and I have to say both my daughter and I were very disappointed! Normally I don't leave reviews, however since I bought this book based on the 5 star ratings I had to leave my honest opinion in case anyone else bought this book based on the ratings.

Here are some parts of the book:

My name is Gail and here's a tale
that I would like to share
It happened when my cousin came -
my greedy cousin Claire.

She kept on touching all my stuff
and getting in my way
I told her, "All these toys are mine.
Find something else to play."

But Mother heard my every word
and said I should be nice
"Go find a toy that she'll enjoy"
Yeah, that was Mom's advice

I found the rhyming didn't "flow" at all and the illustrations are a tad dull. I can understand that the author is trying to convey that sharing your favourite things can take time and is some thing that is hard to master straight away however the main character, Gail seems like such a brat and even my daughter picked up on that! Shortly after reading this book together she picked up the phrase "Mine!Mine! Mine!" so it didn't help with sharing at all!

I decided to keep the book to see if it would grow on us however it has remained untouched a year later and my second daughter isn't interested in it either.

To be honest, I haven't found another book that I can recommend to parents wanting a book that teaches children to share - my daughter learned to share quite well through play (although she still fights with her sister over their favourite books!), however I really wouln't recommend this book. In our experience - it was wasn't enjoyable and will most likely be donated to a library.
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My 3 year old loves this book! As the nightly reader, I enjoy reading this book as well. I love the rhymes and rhythms, and the pictures are expressive and fun. The pictures are great for my son and I to discuss sharing and emotions. Sometimes we take a break from the book, but the book frequently pops back up in our basket of books to read at night. I highly recommend this book if you want a fun book to read or/and you need a book to discuss sharing.
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This is a great book that talks about sharing. Love the rhyming as well. It gives both sides and both perspectives (sharer and cousin who is not being shared with). Great in my social skills groups. www.childtherapyinboston.com
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My 3 year grandson was having trouble sharing and he loves books. So I looked for a book about sharing. He loves this book and has really learned about sharing. I even remember that I have to share my favorite things! Now if we could only find a book about winning and losing!
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I bought this book for my young granddaughter who doesn't like to share with her little brother. Reading this book with her has made her more thoughtful with regards to her brother and she actually shares with him a little mroe readily now than she did prior to reading the book.
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I LOVE picture books, so I'm always happy when I find a new picture book that is as delightful as this new release from children's author Shelly Becker. From the very first page I could identify with little Gail when her "greedy" Cousin Claire came to visit and Mother told Gail she should be nice and find something that Claire would enjoy.

When Gail sees that Cousin Claire has snatched her teddy bear, she just can't take it.

Well, then I snapped (I hadn't napped),

A fury filled my head.

I scowled so bad with eyes red mad,

and this is what I said:

"MINE, MINE, MINE! You give it back!

And stop that squeaky whine.

Let's get this straight now, Cousin Claire.

See all this stuff? It's MINE!"

Gail goes on to describe her precious belongings, one by one, for Cousin Claire, letting her know in no uncertain terms that she should keep her hands off of EVERYTHING!

When Clair sobs and moans, Mom comes in once again to offer another tip for Gail. But the surprising way Gail takes Mom's advice is a hoot!

I won't give away the story here and spoil the fun for readers. I'll just say that kids aren't the only ones who will be charmed by little Gail's "dark side" and her efforts to change and learn to share.

I was amazed at how well illustrator Hideko Takahashi was able to convey Gail's and Claire's feelings through their facial expressions in such simple illustrations. But they were perfect!

This book is MUST HAVE for any preschool's (or preschooler's) library!
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