Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Blog Tour: That's (Not) Mine by Anna Kang

That's (Not) Mine by Anna Kang. Illustrated by Christopher Weyant. Unpgd. Two Lions/ Amazon Children's Publishing, September 1, 2015. 9781477826393. (Finished copy courtesy of Blue Slip Media for review.)

One of the hardest, most fundamental of early childhood lessons to learn is the concept of sharing. This hilariously simple book conveys this lesson ingeniously and humorously. The same adorable pair of creatures that starred in the author/ illustrator team's Geisel Award-winning debut, You are (Not) Small, return. Big bear is settled into a comfy chair knitting when little bear announces that the chair is "Mine!" 

Little bear asserts that he had been sitting in the chair before as proof of ownership. Big bear blithely announces, "I'm sitting in it now." Little Bear comes up with creative but ultimately disastrous solution and the situation escalates until they apologize to each other and decide to play outside together, whereupon a third creature announces, "That's mine!"

This familiar argument is humorously and energetically illustrated with minimal yet expressive body language and facial expressions. It's sure to be a story-time/ bed-time hit with repeated requests for rereads. It's ingenious in its beautiful simplicity, which perfectly captures the drama but gently imparts the message. Perfectly relatable to all age groups and a valuable addition to elementary and public libraries. Don't miss this gem!

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