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Just Not the Same
     

Just Not the Same

by Addie Lacoe, Pau Estrada (Illustrator)
 
Sisters Cleo, Mirabelle, and Gertrude won't share anything and insist on having the best of everything. Their mother, with the help of a puppy, teaches them that sharing might make their lives more fun. "Squabbles are always fun to read about, and this wry picture book reveals the absurdity in sibling rivalry . . . Kids will get the pun that sibling rivalry isn't the

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Sisters Cleo, Mirabelle, and Gertrude won't share anything and insist on having the best of everything. Their mother, with the help of a puppy, teaches them that sharing might make their lives more fun. "Squabbles are always fun to read about, and this wry picture book reveals the absurdity in sibling rivalry . . . Kids will get the pun that sibling rivalry isn't the way to have fun." -- Booklist

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sharing begins at home, but this lesson proves especially tough for the whiny triplets in this debut picture book. Cleo, Gertrude and Mirabelle demand all things equal, fighting over who gets to sit in the front seat of the car, who gets the top bunk, and who gets the most sprinkles on her ice cream. The girls' parents let each of them have her way, but these equitable solutions bring hollow victories:``It's just not the same,'' the youngsters counter. Mama draws the line when each girl wants her own puppy; the triplets must work together to achieve a resolution. Lacoe's text presents a variation on sibling rivalry with a refreshing lightness, although some may object to the parents' continually giving in to these complaining children. Estrada's pale, crisply outlined watercolors go a long way toward poking fun at the girls' greed and obstinacy. In these pictures brimming with homey touches, their alternately frowning and shouting faces are right on. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Three young sisters who are triplets refuse to share with one another, each demanding the biggest piece of apple, the front seat of the car, the top bunk of a triple-decker bed, etc. Finally, their parents' gentle but pointed efforts show them that in the end no one wins by remaining selfish. A new puppy is the catalyst by which they all learn to share. Wry humor is captured in pencil-and-watercolor illustrations that depict the perplexed girls' dilemmas. Parents and children alike will be amused by the familiar situations and creative solutions in this lighthearted story of sibling rivalry. --Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
Hazel Rochman
Squabbles are always fun to read about, and this wry picture book reveals the absurdity in sibling rivalry. Triplets Cleo, Mirabelle, and Gertrude can't share and can't compromise, so they all lose. They love their brand new triple bunk bed, but each of them wants to sleep on top, so the beds are dismantled--"But it was just not the same." All three want to sit in the front of the car, so Mom and Dad sit in the back, and they go nowhere. Mom takes the fairness to wonderful extremes when she meticulously counts out ice-cream sprinkles--everyone must get the exact same amount--so by the time they get to eat, their dessert is melted mush. How will the triplets ever share a dog? The refrain "But it was just not the same" gets funnier each time, as Estrada's large, bright, cartoon-style illustrations show the fat-cheeked, down-at-the-mouth, gesturing, sulky sisters repeating their pattern of demand, quarrel, and letdown. Kids will get the pun that sameness isn't the way to have fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395593479
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/24/1992
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.34(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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