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Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Hardcover – June 14, 2011
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The endless line of moral dilemmas presented by Willems' Elephant & Piggie series continues with this ode to the classic conflict between generosity and greed. Wow, is Elephant ever excited about his ice cream cone! (He is so excited his very word balloons are in cone shape.) But should he find Piggie and give her some before it all melts? Swift changes in text and image size provide much of the humor, though nothing is funnier than Elephant's rationalizing: "Sharing a flavor Piggie does not like would be wrong." Is it even possible to get tired of these books? - Daniel Kraus Booklist"
About the Author
Mo began his career on Sesame Street, where he garnered six Emmy Awards.
Top Customer Reviews
"Should I Share My Ice Cream?" is a fine addition to the Piggie and Elephant library. This story is mostly told from Elephant's perspective as he ponders the merits of sharing ice cream. As always, Mo fined a fine solution in the end.
A good story, but not as amazing as some. In my opinion (and the many many first graders who have read them with me) the best are:
I'm Invited to a Party
There is a Bird on your Head
We Are in a Book
My 4 year-old daughter and I love all of the Elephant and Piggie books. It never fails to amaze me how complex and entertaining a story Mo Willems can create from such simple, insightful pictures and so few beginning reader words. This book isn't laugh-till-you-can-hardly-breathe funny as some of his other works are - in fact, my daughter was almost reduced to tears the first time she saw Gerald staring gloomily at his melted ice cream cone - but if you've come to love Elephant and Piggie as much as we have, you won't want to miss this touching tale of the unique bond between two adorable friends. Sweeter than an ice cream sundae... with an illustration of a pigeon ice cream cone in the back as the cherry on top!
But no, really! This is a book you really should read. Hear me out.
Looking back I realize how fortunate I really was. Sharing and generosity were things that were taught to me from a very young age and again were hammered into me from school, first at my small catholic school (enforced by sour faced nuns with rulers) and then later on at the arts academy I attended (out of necessity). Later on when I got out in the "real world" I came to realize just how selfish most people are, how selfishness comes unthinkably to most people, easy as batting an eye and twice as quick. Often times people don't even consider the needs and wants of others in their daily routine and this is a shame - not only in the moral sense but also in the personal. For if you don't think about others who's going to think about you? When you're a kid you have others to look after you, your parents, your teachers, the government. But once you're an adult the jig is up so to speak. There are no safety nets in the adult world, and its in times of need that you have to rely not only on yourself but on the help of those nearest and dearest to you.
This is the lesson Willems so lovingly illustrates here. The scene where Gerald finally looks down and realizes that while he was agonizing over wither or not to share so long that his ice cream has melted, leaving him in a sticky puddle of his own mess is priceless.Read more ›
Gerald is excited because he bought some ice cream--which he absolutely loves. In the midst of his excitement he recalls that Piggie also loves ice cream. This causes a dilemma as Gerald is not sure whether or not he should share his ice cream with Piggie. She is his best friend after all, but to share his ice cream? Can he really be that altruistic? LOL By the time Gerald decides he really ought to share his ice cream with his best friend, it's melted and plops to the ground. LOL But, Piggie comes to the rescue when SHE offers to share her ice cream with Gerald.
The story is funny, sweet, and engaging. It's well written; the illustrations very simple, yet super expressive. My daughter, who is a first grader can easily read all the Elephant and Piggie books. Because of the simple easy-to-read words used in the stories, I think these books are appropriate for beginning readers...Kindergarteners and Pre-K students.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my 3 yr old's favorite Elephant and Piggie book. She takes it to school with her to read to the other kids. Read morePublished 6 days ago by BWolf
Mo Willems is making a difference. As a teacher, I love his simple, entertaining short stories for teaching kindness.Published 19 days ago by Sharon Evans
As with all the Elephant and Piggy series, this book is a kid favorite.Published 24 days ago by Mimi J
My 6 year old early reader loves this book and can read it by himself. It's a sweet story-even though I know what's coming, it's always sad when Gerald discovers the ice cream has... Read morePublished 1 month ago by EWill
Classic Elephant and Piggie with great lesson on sharing. Also introduces concept of daydreaming.Published 1 month ago by Mfa graduate and stay at home mom