Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Willems, Mo [Hyperion,2011] (Hardcover) Unknown Binding
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Not too long:
This book doesn't take long to read, which is great for little kids short attention spans.
Not many words per page:
There are not too many words per page, which means that kids can not only sort of figure out how to read it themselves, they can also easily memorize what's going to come up next. Kids love it when they know what's going to happen next!
I just asked my 4-year old kid why she likes this book. She said it's because it's so silly. I continued to probe. She then revealed that it's because [SPOILER ALERT] the elephant thinks about sharing his ice cream for so long that it melts and falls and he says, NOOooooooooo!!!!!!!!!! There's a page with the elephant screaming Noooooo, and that's it. My kid counted the 'o's. Comedy. [END SPOILER]
A nice message:
This is a story about sharing, thinking of your friends feelings (empathy!), and then realizing how nice it is when people share with you. It's great. Parents feel good sharing it with their kids, and kids love it because of the previously mentioned points.
Mo Willems is great. Highly recommended!
So the kid's dad said we could borrow it but like the independent super parents we are we said thank you and fought off the urge to just keep it without returning. However, we did the boring but responsible thing of buying the same book here. We stealthily switched out the books and ever since then all my kid would do is talk about this book.
Every morning he would ask me if he should share his ice cream to which I responded with a befuddled look because I was like, "Boy! It's 6:53 AM! We ain't eating ice cream!" He wanted to bring it with him everywhere he went: to school, to the car, to church, to bed, to potty, to bathtime. He's nuts this boy. But, hey, they say he's related to me so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised.
But, the real question is, should I share my Ben & Jerry's? Americone Dream is my fave!
Should I Share My Ice Cream? is a cute and funny addition to the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems. I don't want to spoil the story so I won't provide any information other than saying Gerald the Elephant has a big decision to make and friendship plays a key factor. As usual, Elephant and Piggie's friendship is fun to see and it sets a great example to kids too.
This story has beautiful illustrations like all other Elephant and Piggie books. It is 57 pages long but the overall story is fairly short since each page only has a few words on it. The book is a beautiful hardcover with thick, sturdy paperback pages that will stand up to many, many readings.
My kids have also made great progress with reading because of these books! Many pages have short sentences so you can have your kids spell out words and you can point to each word as you read it. These books are geared toward the four to eight year old crowd but there is no reason why younger and older kids wouldn't enjoy them.
Overall, you won't be disappointed if you buy this book as well as all of the other Elephant and Piggie books! Our whole family loves them and they are worthwhile purchases. I feel they are great for kids who are learning to read too! Go ahead and buy the book already!
My favorite part is when Piggy shares her ice cream with Gerald. It was very nice. I also like the little parts that Mo Willems puts in the pictures.
I recommend this book to kindergartners and first graders because it has words they already know and its mostly a picture book. I also recommend this book to kids who like funny books because it is so funny! Now, go read this book and then share it with a friend!
My kids love his books too, especially the ones about Elephant and Piggie. The stories are simple in dialog and illustration, but have a way of sucking them in with the silly characters’ animated facial expressions. From a reading teacher perspective, these books are perfect for teaching the comprehension strategy of inferring feelings.
Should I Share My Ice Cream? is about the (sometimes difficult) decision to share with someone else. I love that the book shows Gerald the Elephant’s very relatable thought process as analyzes, rationalizes, and justifies different scenarios in his decision to share (or not to share!) his ice cream with his best friend, Piggie. The story has a surprising ending, and sparked some great discussion in our family.