by Mathilde Stein, Mies Van Hout

Charlotte and her ghost friend learn how to share.

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Charlotte and her ghost friend learn how to share.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Charlotte is shocked one night to find a tiny ghost in her bed. "Mine!" seems to be the ghost's favorite word. Each time he takes over the covers, the bath, the bread at breakfast, the swing, or the ball, he shouts. Charlotte tries to reason with him and persuade him to share, but he refuses until Charlotte tells him that in that case she will play by herself. Lonely, he finally decides to learn to play together. By the time a man comes to fetch the ghost back to the castle on the hill where he comes from, he is no longer recognizable as the selfish fellow he was. He returns to his parents and the others who have missed him, but he lets Charlotte know that he has learned the valuable lesson of "Yours" as well as "Mine." Each single and double page scene is full of the action, from bathing to cooking pancakes to playing. The black lines of the mixed media illustrations economically but effectively convince us of the emotions of the appealing young girl and the tubby, legless ghost. We can't help but like the ghost at the end, despite his early behavior.
Kirkus Reviews
Engaging illustrations carry this import beyond the utilitarian modeling of socialization skills-though it does that too. The ghost that moves into young Charlotte's house one night has but one word and idea: "Mine!" it shouts, as it hogs the bed, clutches the bath items, slathers all the breakfast bread with butter and jelly and grabs up toys. But Charlotte responds calmly, explaining, for instance, that Bear has to fit into the bed too, suggesting that the ghost won't have room for "any of this apple pie" after eating so many sandwiches, and turning away to play alone until the ghost shows a willingness to toss the ball back. Stein tells the tale without explicit lessons, the ghost's scowls (which later change to smiles) and Charlotte's low-key reactions clearly echo the changing emotional weather, and by the end the ghost has learned a new word: "Yours!" A good vocabulary builder for over-possessive children and a worthy peace-mongering strategy for their siblings and caregivers to boot. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Lemniscaat USA
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Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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