Share with Brother

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"Everywhere we go,
everybody tells me,
'Share with brother!'"

The floppy-eared protagonist from Love the Baby is back, and his troubles are mounting. Family members have assured him that his little brother will be lots of fun now that he's getting older, but nobody said anything about sharing . . . and sharing with brother isn't as easy as everyone thinks. In fact, it's enough to make our furry hero completely...

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"Everywhere we go,
everybody tells me,
'Share with brother!'"

The floppy-eared protagonist from Love the Baby is back, and his troubles are mounting. Family members have assured him that his little brother will be lots of fun now that he's getting older, but nobody said anything about sharing . . . and sharing with brother isn't as easy as everyone thinks. In fact, it's enough to make our furry hero completely lose his cool.

But when brother becomes sick and perhaps even lonely, his older sibling races to the rescue. Along the way, he discovers just how great it feels to give-and that sometimes sharing comes with a catch!

Praise for Love the Baby

"Layne's take on the familiar theme is sweet and direct enough even for very young children to grasp."

"This story could well become a favorite for children who are grappling with accepting a new baby into the family."
--School Library Journal

Steven L. Layne serves as professor of literacy education at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he teaches courses in children's and adolescent literature and directs the university's Master of Education in Literacy program. Dr. Layne is a highly respected international literacy consultant, motivational keynote speaker, and featured author who works with large numbers of educators and children during school visits and at conferences held throughout the world each year. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the Pelican titles:

Love the Baby
My Brother Dan's Delicious
Thomas's Sheep and the Great Geography Test
Thomas's Sheep and the Spectacular Science Project
This Side of Paradise
Over Land and Sea
Preacher's Night Before Christmas
The Principal's Night Before Christmas
The Teachers' Night Before Christmas
Teachers' Night Before Halloween
Verses for Dad's Heart
Verses for Mom's Heart

Dr. Layne lives with his family in St. Charles, Illinois.

Award-winning illustrator Ard Hoyt graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He and Steven Layne also collaborated on Love the Baby and Teachers' Night Before Halloween. Hoyt lives with his family in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

Sharing is not necessarily natural or easy for young ones, and Layne's book only makes the act less so. Here are two rabbits, little bunny and littler bunny, and little bunny is getting a lesson in sharing. When little bunny is playing safari with his friends and there is no wild-animal mask for littler bunny, who is bawling, Mommy takes little bunny's mask and gives it to littler bunny. "Share with brother and someday brother will share with you." Then Nana makes him share his slice of cake—why doesn't she just cut littler bunny a slice?—and Uncle Lester reminds him to share at his birthday party. Soured to the point of bitterness, little bunny flings Uncle Lester's present back at him. Who can blame him, but who likes him for it? Hoyt's artwork, meanwhile, is as colorful as holiday cookies and wonderfully drenched in heavy body language, all squinty eye and deep frown. In a meant-to-be-humorous twist, littler bunny freely shares his measles, but since readers have nothing genuine invested in either bunny—one grumpy, one spoiled—the humor disappears like smoke. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589808607
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 695,758
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVEN L. LAYNE is a professor at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he also serves as director of the Master of Education in Literacy program. His work has been recognized by organizations such as USA Today, the Milken Family Foundation, and the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Born in Temple, Texas, Ard Hoyt is the illustrator of nine picture books, including the New York Times bestseller I'm a Manatee, by John Lithgow. He also illustrated Stephen Layne's "Love the Baby" and "Teachers' Night Before Halloween."

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

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    Cute, adorable, funny

    Charming is the word that comes to mind as you read this absolutely adorable children's book that really gets to the heart of sibling rivalry. Two cuddly bunnies have the luck of being related. The oldest sibling becomes sick and tired of Mommy and Daddy ALWAYS telling him that he must share with his brother. The parents make sure he knows: "Share with brother and someday brother will share with you." The oldest is always followed around by the little cretin who won't leave him alone. Even when his friends come over to play, little brother has to always be there begging to be a part of his older brother's exciting world. Soon tempers rise and the oldest is sent to his room for his unruly and selfish behavior. Of course.this is hard to understand. After all, why must he constantly put up with his brother when he should be able to have a life too? When the baby gets sick, though, and can't come out of his room, it is big brother who races to his side with ice cream, toys, and anything else he can do to make the sick baby feel better again. As the pages progress, the moral of the story is front and center culminating in a sweet, extremely funny ending. This review would not be complete without mentioning the wonderful work done by Ard Hoyt. Thirty-one color illustrations are offered in this great read that are truly works of art. Mr. Hoyt has worked with many authors - even collaborating with John Lithgow on the New York Times bestselling children's book, I'm a Manatee. This author and illustrator have worked together before on many children's titles and, yet again, they never fail to deliver a book that will live in our imaginations far into adulthood. Quill says: Cute, adorable, funny.pure enjoyment from a fantastic writer and a true artist. Your children will laugh out loud and you'll rush to the phone, call up your sibling, and say 'I Love You.' (I'm dialing now!)

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