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Mine, All Mine!

by Claire Hawcock
 
An enchanting story of friendship, family, and learning to share.
One cold winter morning, a glistening, sparkling snowflake lands on Little Squirrel’s nose. How wonderful, he thinks…and mine, all mine. Only, his big brothers and sister want to play with it, too. “IT’S MINE!” insists Little Squirrel. So he builds himself

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An enchanting story of friendship, family, and learning to share.
One cold winter morning, a glistening, sparkling snowflake lands on Little Squirrel’s nose. How wonderful, he thinks…and mine, all mine. Only, his big brothers and sister want to play with it, too. “IT’S MINE!” insists Little Squirrel. So he builds himself a tree house and hides away with his precious catch.
But as time goes by, Little Squirrel begins to realize that perhaps his snowflake would be even more beautiful if it wasn’t “mine, all mine”—but ours, all ours.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hawcook's instructive, if not particularly inspired, debut employs a rowdy family of squirrels to tackle the topic of sharing. Little Squirrel is thrilled when, “[o]ne cold winter's morning,” a giant snowflake lands on his nose. But his siblings grab the supersized snowflake, which is overlaid with silver glitter, for some enthusiastic play. Little Squirrel's initially timid response escalates to an angry “MINE!” and a dash up a tree where he savors the snowflake alone—until he misses his family. Little Squirrel pushes the snowflake out of the tree, where it rolls into a big snowball that explodes into many snowflakes for them all to share. For kids in the shadow of bossy older siblings or those in need of sharing skills, this book may fit the bill. Using tempera and acrylic on cotton paper, Pasqualotto paints friendly, rust-colored squirrels with amber eyes and sweeping tails––an even-handed mix of realism and cuddliness. While some may stumble over the implausibility of a huge, nonmelting snowflake, many will identify with the challenge of sharing with overzealous playmates. Ages 2–5. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Little Squirrel is playing with his siblings when a glimmering snowflake alights on his nose. The others present different ideas as to what to do with it, but Little Squirrel wants to keep it all to himself. He collects several twigs, scrambles up a tree, and builds a large nest to keep his prize hidden. The next day, he hears a bird singing but the sound is muffled by the nest's twig wall. Later, he peers through the twigs to see his siblings playing in the snow and he begins to feel a bit melancholy. He soon becomes hungry and knows that his family will be sharing a meal. He drops the snowflake, which rolls into an enormous snowball that is headed toward his family and they all share it. The illustrations are mostly painted in warm, autumn tones, making the glittery, silvery-blue snowflake stand out. Children who have been torn between hoarding favorite things or sharing them will certainly relate to Little Squirrel's dilemma.—Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
A wintertime fable about greed. When a "huge, glistening snowflake" lands on Little Squirrel's nose, Big, Bigger and Biggest Squirrels all have ideas of how to play with it. "But it's MINE!" shouts Little Squirrel, and he builds himself a twig bunker so he can admire it all by himself. After a happy night with his treasure, he hears his family playing and gets a little wistful, finally deciding to give the snowflake up. Pasqualotto's red squirrels are all sinuous line and bushy tail. The snowflake is aggressively sparkly, and its integration into the illustrations is often awkward-particularly as any child who's ever tried to catch a snowflake knows that it's impossible to cuddle one all night. What could have been a meditation on impermanence becomes instead just another message-heavy story about sharing. Ho-hum. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906250768
Publisher:
Boxer Books
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,325,571
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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