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Mine's the Best (My First I Can Read) Paperback – August 2, 1997

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"With humor in both words and drawings, the author entices beginners into reading.""?? The Horn Book"

About the Author

Crosby Bonsall’s many beloved I Can Read Books include The Day I Had to Play with My Sister; And I Mean It, Stanley; The Case of the Hungry Stranger; and the My First I Can Read Book Mine’s the Best.

Crosby Bonsall’s many beloved I Can Read Books include The Day I Had to Play with My Sister; And I Mean It, Stanley; The Case of the Hungry Stranger; and the My First I Can Read Book Mine’s the Best.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Series: My First I Can Read
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (August 2, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064442136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064442138
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I cannot believe these reviews. This book is funny and I have let my students read it, and they loved it. I do not in any fashion think I am teaching my children something bad. These children act like this and talk like this on the playground, and it's books like these that actually teach something good and engage children in real life situations and discussions. This is what I want for my students and my own children. I am an elementary teacher and a reading specialist, and I give this book definitely the five stars it deserves. I have the originally book, and I came here to buy another copy and read these very subjective reviews. Please, if you are here, then reconsider this book. Check it out of the library if you must. It is not bad as what is being projected here. How the word "hate" is being taken way out of context. You have to see the pictures with the text to appreciate how the little boy is saying this with no meaning behind his words. I know how little boys are as I am a mother of three boys. Well, I had to stand up and say this book is wonderful! I highly recommend it!
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We bought at the recommendation of "How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons". This is a cute book and great for a beginning reader. My daughter really enjoyed reading this book and even laughed at certain parts. The only negative I have is that one child says he hates another child, I really didn't like my daughter reading that and thinking that is an ok thing to say to another child.
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My son is struggling with reading - and he HATES first reader books (I'm not a fan either - if someone has any other suggestions, I'm open). When I told him we were going to read this book he yelled and screamed - wanted to know why these babies needed 'swimmies' - by the end we were both laughing hysterically. What a hoot of a book! The pictures tell a great story and for a 7-year old boy - reading 'Yours is dead.' I don't think it gets better than that. This is by far, the most entertaining of all first reader books I've ever encountered.
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Really regretted purchasing this suggested book. Most of the content involved very shallow arguments kids had over who had the best balloon. The worst part was the last pages that had the words 'dead' and 'sick' introduced. Totally out of place, the author must have a morbid preoccupation. So I had to explain these two concepts. Even my 5 year old knew these two words were out of place. Really regret purchasing this book.
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The book, Mine's the Best, has been a favorite of my children's, since they were toddlers. The illustrations are bright with color and had my two laughing, as I read the book to them. It is a simple story, with a wonderful message. I have bought two more copies for my grandkids and have just purchased a third for my up and coming Great Nephew.
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This book is terrible. They use the words, "hate" and "dead" towards other people. What a horrible example of how friends should act. I read a lot of funny kids books, this was not funny or amusing.
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This shows how easily people can be influenced by others. Until 5 days ago I don't know if I had ever heard of this book. A friend (A) who has a child in kindergarten emailed another friend(B) that happens to work in an elementary library. Friend A wanted to know if the book was in friend B's library. Friend A stated that she thought the book was bad and did not want her daughter to read it. Friend B located the book, read it and completely agreed that the book was awful and very suggestive. She also stated that she would discuss the book with her librarian. After doing so she stated that the librarian agreed and the book had been tossed out. Friend A stated that her daughter's school refused to remove the book and that the school must promote fighting and hatred. Friend B said she needed to go back and read the book again because she didn't get fighting and hatred from the book, she thought it was sexually suggestive!! I decided to review the book myself. I think both friends are completely off track. It is a simple story about competiveness between two children. It describes children exactly as they behave on the playground or with their siblings. The entire time the two boys are arguing about whose inflated toy is best they are oblivious to all of the other children walking by with the same toy, until theirs is destroyed. When they spot a girl with the same toy they comment "I hate her". It is not meant any differently that stating "I hate spinach". The next thing is the two boys walking away arm in arm stating "Ours was the best". This is a good story that shows how important trival things are to children and how quickly they forget and move on.Read more ›
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By A Customer on November 11, 1998
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Oh, swell -- a story about two boys competing over who has the best phallic symbol (seriously, you should see the illustrations of the balloons they fight over and then deflate...) and then finally uniting in friendship against a common enemy: an ugly girl who "thinks she's smart." (Ugliness and intelligence are offensive attributes, you know, especially in a girl.) The boys rallying cry against the newfound object of their nastiness is "I hate her." Delightful. Oh, and let's not forget the oh-so-humorous touch of another kid almost drowning in the background, crying for help while the two boys duke it out. Lovely, lovely messages to be giving kids. Whoever decided to reprint this dinosaur needs to check his or her misogyny meter, not to mention the meaning of friendship and kindness. There are plenty of entertaining, wonderfully illustrated books out there that will engage children's interest while also helping them understand how to operate as decent human beings in this world -- no need to buy this stinker.
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