Book Review - Not Fair, Won’t Share (Sue Graves)

~ Posted on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 9:19 AM ~

(** Article first published as Book Review: Not Fair, Won't Share by Sue Graves on Blogcritics.)

I have the privilege of reviewing " Our Emotions and Behavior", a new picture book series from Free Spirit Publishing, which help young children recognize and understand their feelings, their actions, and how they are connected. There are 4 titles in the series: "But Why Can’t I?", "I’m Not Happy", "Not Fair, Won’t Share", and "Who Feels Scared?" and below is my review for the third book in the series...

Title: Not Fair, Won’t Share (Our Emotions and Behavior)
Author: Sue Graves

Illustrated by: Desideria Guicciardini

Publisher:  Free Spirit Publishing
ISBN-13/-10: 978-1575423753 / 1575423758
Board book, full-color: 32 pages
Dimension: 7¾" x 9½" 

Description from the product page:
" Playing fairly doesn’t always come naturally to kids—and sharing isn’t always easy. Plus, the hurt feelings that happen when others won’t share can make matters even worse. Nora, Henry, and Dan find this out when Miss Clover builds a special space station in their classroom. Everyone wants to play at once! Can they figure out how to share?

This engaging title in the new series of Our Emotions and Behavior books from Free Spirit shows that when kids get frustrated and mad, there are ways for them to calm down. Soon they see that playing fairly with other kids, and sharing with them, can make the day more fun for everyone.

Near the end of this humorous child behavior book, a series of pictures invites kids to tell a story in their own words. A special section for adults presents positive coping skills for children and ideas for talking with kids about feeling reluctant to share—or feeling mad when someone else won’t share—and how to deal with those emotions. Ideal for home and K–3 classroom settings."

I love the cute illustrations and I'm so glad to be able to review this book!

This book is about a teacher who made a 'space station' for her class activities where her students get their chance to play with the buttons, levers, and the space gadgets. To be fair to all the children, she put their names into a hat and draws out 3 of the childrens' names who get to play first.

Nora, Dan and Henry were chosen to be the first 3 children to play in the 'space station' but they were told to take their turns and share. However, Nora decided to hog all the gadgets and played with the buttons and levers without giving chance to the other 2 children to play. Dan and Henry were not happy with what Nora did and they all got into a fight and ended up being punished by their teacher.

From this story, I get to teach my boy to share, take turns and play together and not to act selfishly like Nora. Few days back, I managed to put this into practise when a friend of my hubby came over with his 4 year old son. Ben was feeling generous with his toys and was showing his toys to the older boy but once his toys were taken away by the older boy, Ben cried and wanted his toys back.

I talked to him calmly, telling him to take turns and to pick one toy to pass to the older boy to play for just a while. This works, though it only lasted less than 10 seconds, but at least, there is some improvements there!

In the next few pages of the book, we see the 3 children realising their mistakes and they apologised to their teacher and to each other too! The story ended with all 3 children taking turns and playing happily.

From this story, I get to teach my boy that sharing means everybody gets their share and being happy with the people they are with as a result.

I appreciate the additional 2 pages of picture story about the 2 space aliens that do not want to share a toy they found and ended up being unhappy. But once they decided to share and play together, they enjoyed the toy and game together.

In my opinion, "Our Emotions and Behavior" series are a good choice for parents to use with their children because of the positive message they bring!

You can get this book from Free Spirit Publishing, Amazon and many more.

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a softcopy of the book by Free Spirit Publishing in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

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