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Wrapped in good humor, this simply illustrated playtime story explores the concept of sharing as it imparts a subtle counting lesson. Two friends, a hippo and an alligator, count out cookies and cars. Everything is fine when each friend has one object, but as the numbers increase, so do the stakes. The animals learn about sharing and fairness when they divide four cookies, each friend getting two. But Mom takes away three cars when the friends can't decide who should get the third. Should it go to the cars' owner? To the guest? Or should Mom keep them all? Neither child likes the last solution. There's not much clutter or detail in the pictures. The clean, bright art depicts the young friends, the hippo mom, and the toys outlined in crisp black, with bright blue, sunny yellow, lime green, hot pink, and vivid orange colors energizing everything. Happy solutions to real-life challenges delivered with good cheer.
School Library Journal
A hippo and an alligator take cookies from the cookie jar and then must decide how to divide them evenly. When they play with cars, they find that three cars and two friends make it hard to share. The brief rhyming phrases mixed with bright, bold colors make this a solid tale for the very young. Math concepts are an integral part of the story, but don't force the issue.