People Share With People by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Molly Idle. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781534425590, 2019
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? I loved absolutely everything about this book! Sharing is such an important message and this book really taps into specific examples that will be familiar to young children. We see children learning to share a blanket, toys, crayons, cupcakes, and stuffed animals but we also see how sometimes children must share a person or learn to be patient and wait their turn for something. And just as important, kids can see that there are some things you do not want to share such as a toothbrush, drink, or a sneeze. This book also validates the feelings that children have about how hard it is the share sometimes but also shows how this behavior can be hurtful to other children. The illustrations are colorful and detailed and the rhyming text would be perfect for an animated read aloud with a group of young children. I can see closing this book and having plenty of discussion about sharing and being kind to others. Also, wonderful illustrations provided by Caldecott Honoree Molly Idle.
Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing
To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for children between the ages of one and five, although I am sure this book could be used to share the message with older children.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone that works with children between the ages of one and five.
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.
Date of review: October 10, 2019