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Children's LiteratureAt the beginning of the story, a smiling Anthony appears with a bucket, a shovel, and a "really big car." Despite his toys and winning ways, the two girls building castles in a nearby sandbox totally ignore him. Although he jumps high, lifts a branch, and slides headfirst down the slide with his eyes closed, the girls still are not interested. Then Anthony gets mad. He builds the biggest house in the world, which promptly falls down. When the little boy cries, the girls come to his rescue with a cookie. This small story, with cartoon-like illustrations and lots of white space, has a certain appeal in its simplicity and sweetness. However, the turn of events that bring another playmate into the picture—Luke with his bigger and better toys—may be lost on the youngest readers. Translated from the German by Nancy Seitz, this book will be helpful for presenting different social situations to children and offering them up for discussion. Although Anthony's tearful reaction to the girls' indifference may draw some youngsters to the characters, others know it is not the best solution to forming friendships in the sandbox. 2006, Farrar Straus and Giroux, Ages 3 to 6.