Tied up in Knots

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"That's my mule! I'm not sharing!" cries Sally about Stiffy her mule. Benny and his mule Bossy feel the same way. So goes this entertaining saga about some very stubborn characters refusing to share, work, or play together.

It's only when Dad gets involved and ties the mules together that they learn an important object lesson: in order to eat, they must cooperate. After much struggling, the mules finally work together, and in the process teach their owners Benny and Sally that ...

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Budwine, Greg 1997 Hard cover New. Glued binding. Paper over boards. Contains: Illustrations. Another Sommer-Time Story. Audience: Children/juvenile.

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Overview

"That's my mule! I'm not sharing!" cries Sally about Stiffy her mule. Benny and his mule Bossy feel the same way. So goes this entertaining saga about some very stubborn characters refusing to share, work, or play together.

It's only when Dad gets involved and ties the mules together that they learn an important object lesson: in order to eat, they must cooperate. After much struggling, the mules finally work together, and in the process teach their owners Benny and Sally that sharing brings happiness.

Until they see their two stubborn mules finally resolve a behavior problem, Benny and Sally refuse to believe that sharing could bring happiness.

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K-Gr 2This didactic, condescending story uses two stubborn farm mules to teach two combative siblings how to share. As Mom so benignly puts it, "Sharing brings happiness." In order to force the mules to come to this conclusion, Dad ties their neck ropes together. When they try to eat from troughs placed too far apart, they find it impossible. After watching them strain against one another and nearly strangling themselves, the kids, who are also bickering, are ready to cut the rope. Instead, the mules figure out a positive solution. While all children now and again have trouble sharing, forcing them to sit through this drivel, with no redeeming story line to enrich their listening experience, would only do them disservice. Added to the jarring nature of this simplistic story are unnaturally bright, broadly drawn cartoon illustrations. An animated special this is not! Together, the text and art add up to an embarrassment of a book.Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575370033
  • Publisher: Advance Publishing Incorporated TX
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Series: Another Sommer-Time Story Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2000

    Great value-teaching tool

    This is a great tool to help teach kids that sharing is good for all concerned, and being selfish hurts everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2000

    Tied up in Knots

    Our kids must learn how to make right choices today in order to be leaders tomorrow. Finally, guidance for confused parents and direction for confused children. It will leave them with a smile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2000

    Tied up in Knots

    Every child can relate to the battle of the wills. This story shows how you can work out your conflicts through sharing and teamwork. What an entertaining way to teach about getting along with others! Carl Sommers books always have a valuable truth to convey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2000

    Tied Up In Knots

    'Being selfish and stubborn makes you sad and gets you...tied up in knots.' Carl Sommer has another hit with this book where he teaches the important lesson of sharing. What parent or teacher can't use some assistance in dealing with this issue? Come visit the farm and discover what we all can learn from a couple of old mules.

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