The Day No One Played Together

The Day No One Played Together


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For ages 3-9.
Jadyn and Genesis want to play together but neither one wants to play what the other wants to. What will they do? Will they be able to brainstorm and find a way to play together? Will they play alone? "The Day No One Played Together" teaches an important lesson in a fun way. Join these sisters in the first of their series.

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ISBN-13: 9781612250649
Publisher: Mirror Publishing
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Pages: 26
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.07(d)
Age Range: 3 - 9 Years

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The Day No One Played Together: A Story about Compromise 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
The Day No One Played Together is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Mymcbooks More than 1 year ago
Review: A story about two sisters who decided to go outside and play. Both had a different ideal on what they would like to do. Genesis wanted to play in the playhouse while Jadyn wanted to build castles and make stuff in the sand. But neither one wanted to play what the other wanted to. In this book their mom did a great job teaching the children about learning how to come up with ideals on how to compromise. I think is fair to say that not only children can relate but adults too. The message in this book is about compromising. The Day No One Played Together teaches us that knowing how to compromise is a key component to a good and healthy relationship. Parents and teachers should teach children that compromising doesn¿t mean giving up but making a deal where one person gives a part of his or her demand. This book is beautifully illustrated by Sarah Harkey with realist expression that brings this book to life. I highly recommend The Day No One Played Together not only for your children¿s library but for classroom teaching. FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lori M for Readers Favorite It's nice to see diversity represented in a children's book, with illustrations of children in color and names that aren't your basic Mary and John. Good job, Donalisa Helsey (author). The story is presented so wonderfully as it describes a typical household of two sisters who each wants to play something different and when one doesn't get her way, the girls separate to play alone. But as we all know, playing alone isn't nearly as much fun as having someone to play with. That's where the mom enters the story and teaches the girls the meaning of the word "compromise," and asks them to think of ways that each sister could get what she wants while they played together. Voila! Jadyn and Genesis, the sisters, find a way to make each of them happy by incorporating each of their desires into a new play theme . . . in other words, they compromised. In these days where our children are becoming more and more computer and technology literate at the expense of social interaction, it's good to see a book for children that teaches them how to compromise to get along. It's an especially important message for little girls because they don't get the team sports experience as much as little boys do and girls sometimes have a harder time learning to get along and share. It's a little book that can be read to a child or that a child would read by himself.
manditw84 More than 1 year ago
This was such a cute book that most any child can relate to. It was well written and the illustrations were wonderful too. :o) I read it out loud with my daughter and she loved it. It is not only a great story, it also teaches a valuable lesson that kids need in life... how to compromise with one another. I have three children and they can definitely learn from this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such an enjoyable book to read to kids. Teaching the art of compromise is often a hard thing to do with little ones, but author Donalisa Henlsley managed to do a great job of it with this story. It takes a very common situation that occurs, not only between siblings but most children, and turns it into a positive learning experience. Easy to follow and great illustrations, this book is a wonderful read for any child and I highly recommend it.
Karen_Toz More than 1 year ago
Jadyn and Genesis are sisters who love to play and have big ideas. The problem is, they each have their own idea of what games to play. So instead of playing with each other, they play separately. But that turns out to be no fun at all. Then, their mom teaches them a new word ... compromise. They learn that when they put their heads together and brainstorm, they can come up with fun games that incorporate both of their ideas. Author Donalisa Henlsley, does a wonderful job of explaining to young children the importance of being able to compromise and share, in this lovely picture book. I love how the mom thinks of an example of compromise but then engages the children to think of something on their own, thus introducing another new vocabulary word, "brainstorming." Having the glossary section in the back is a great idea and helps to promote understanding of the words. The illustrations by Sarah Harkey are adorable and sweet. They are the perfect touch to this wonderful story. As a mom, I love picture books that send a strong message, and The Day No One Played Together does not disappoint. The message is clear and the pictures will keep your child wanting to see more. A great book for young children.
jenosequa More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed The Day No One Played Together, by Donalisa Helsley. It's great because it is fun to read while also teaching kids about compromise. This is such an important lesson for kids to learn, but it can be very difficult to teach! In fact, some people never really learn the art of compromise, as we all know. Imagine if more people understood this from an early age-the world might be a much better place! I know from experience that many kids stop paying attention as soon as they think you are about to try to teach them something, but this book makes it interesting and presents the idea from a kid's point of view, so they can totally relate. It allows them to see how compromising benefits them and does not come across as being a "lesson;" instead, it is an entertaining and engrossing story. I am already reading it to my 10-month-old son and he loves to listen and point to the different characters. I know we will be reading and enjoying this book together for years to come!
Nicky-J More than 1 year ago
All children experience the frustration of not getting their own way, and this frustration can sometimes lead to them becoming very unhappy. This clever story not only shares this experience, but describes how it feels. In this book, two sisters are both determined to play the game they want, but can't agree, consequently missing out on having any fun. Donalisa, has cleverly explored the skill of compromise, giving examples of how it can be achieved to ensure everyone has fun playing together. I am sure all children will identify with this story!A lovely picture story book, with great illustrations
Maranda_Russell More than 1 year ago
The new picture book, "The Day No One Played Together (A Story About Compromise)", written by Donalisa Helsley and illustrated by Sarah Harkey, is a beautiful, funny story about learning to be a good playmate. As any parent of two or more children could tell you, compromise is not a concept that comes naturally to most kids. In fact, I wish I had a dime for every time I heard two kids arguing about what they want to play, only to have them both stomp away mad. Of course, when this happens both kids lose because they miss out on the fun of playing together. This is the lesson that the main characters in this book, Jadyn and Genesis, learn as they spend a lonely day playing by themselves. However, there is hope for these sisters when their mother introduces them to the word compromise, teaching them how to play together as a team instead of constantly demanding their own way. With a little cooperation, Jadyn and Genesis learn that they can both play what they want, but do it in a way that doesn't exclude the other. This is a great story for children, especially siblings or friends who lack the skills for cooperative play. The illustrations are beautifully done, presenting a familiar family setting that children everywhere will be able to relate to. As a parent, I loved the fact that the author used her own children's names and likenesses for the main characters. Knowing that Genesis and Jadyn are real kids adds an element of intimacy to the story. Overall, this book is one I would recommend for any children who still enjoy a good picture book story.
butterfly_readers More than 1 year ago
"The Day No One Played Together" is a delightful story about compromise. This is a great lesson every kid should learn and is taught in a fun and uncomplicated way. The characters and story line is very realistic. The author Donalisa Helsley does a great job of explaining the concept of comprise in away that any child could grasp. The story is about two sisters Jadyn and Genesis they want to play together, but they can not agree on what to play. Neither one wants to give in to the other so they are left playing by themselves. The story introduces new vocabulary words such as: Disagree, Brainstorm and Compromise. The last page of the book provides the reader with definitions for the new vocabulary words. As a mom I appreciate books that teach young children lessons, but have a fun and interesting story. A picture book would be nothing without great Illustrations. This helps create the world for a young reader and enhances the overall reading experience. The Illustrations are a wonderful companion for this book. Sarah Harkey has little details in the book that make it visually pleasing and fun to look at. Children will respond pleasantly to this book. It is an enjoyable story that also creates a dialogue between parents and children about how to compromise.This is a perfect book for any children's home library.It also would be a great addition to a school or preschool.
Jena87 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I definitely think it will be useful especially because of what the overall message is and I love how you define those main terms. Those are the types of lessons and words I'd like to teach my clients. Thank you so much!
M_Simon More than 1 year ago
As a public school teacher and a therapist, I often find myself questioning how children in this era of technology are learning to navigate interpersonal relationships. At the heart of the story, is the valuable lesson of how compromise is both necessary and beneficial. Ms. Helsley presents this lesson of compromise in a manner that not only helps parents facilitate a discussion about the importance of positive social interaction, but also does so in a manner that the children will enjoy!~~ Marjorie Simon, MSW, Public School Teacher.
PGriggs More than 1 year ago
The Day No One Played Together is a delightfully, entertaining book, full of beautiful illustrations which are sure to capture and hold your child's interest. Author Donalisa Helsley, owner of Wild About Reading did a exceptional job presenting the characters in a fun, loving way which both children and their parents are sure to relate to. Having two young daughters of my own, I appreciate the powerful message The Day No One Plays Together delivers on the importance of compromise and was extremely impressed how the book explains to children what it means to compromise. Not only will children learn the value of compromising, they will be looking forward to an opportunity to practice what they've learned with their friends or siblings. This book is a "MUST HAVE" and will be A GREAT addition to any home library.
BoekiesBookReview More than 1 year ago
The Day No One Played Together is a great story for children, ages 6 and up. I would highly recommend an adult to read the book, if reading for ages 5 and under. Although, most of the words are not too complex, there are a few that the author has highlighted at the end of the story to go over. Overall, I found this story unique and fun to read. Helsley touches on the great topic of compromise, a subject that often goes unnoticed in children's stories and at school. She does a wonderful job emphasizing the importance of compromise throughout the story by showing readers the difficulty Jadyn and Genesis encounter during playtime. The illustrations for the book are absolutely wonderful! Sarah Harkey did a wonderful job creating the world around the story. I really loved this book because it not only had beautiful illustrations to go with the writing but it had the overall package of a great children's book. I loved the fact that the characters Jadyn and Genesis are relate able to the way children act and react with others during playtime. I definitely plan on reading this to my children one day!
Todays_Working_Woman More than 1 year ago
Sisters Jadyn and Genesis want to play, but they can't decide what they should do on such a beautiful summer day. Each has a great idea but they don't want to play what the other wants. So they end up playing alone and it is, frankly, no fun. They try all morning to find something they can do together, but to no avail. It's not until their mom teaches them about the concept of compromise that they discover a valuable lesson. By working together to incorporate both of their ideas, they will be able to play together, have lots of fun and make each other happy as only sisters should. Reading this book brought back some memories that I haven't thought of in a very long time. I remember playing with my neighbor friend and hearing her say that if I didn't want to play what she wanted, she was going to go home. There was no compromising in her world. Oh how I wish this book was written back then. It probably would have done wonders for our friendship! I love picture books, and the illustrations inside The Day No One Played by Donalisa Helsley are beautiful. The facial expressions are portrayed in such a way that you can feel every emotion that Jadyn and Genesis are feeling. I remember feeling like them a time or two when I was a child. Learning about the value of compromise at a young age will give siblings the opportunity to see just how important it is to work together. Every family should have this book in their library and refer to it often as it is a book that can definitely be read more than once! However, the value of compromise taught in this book should not be limited to families. The message is universal and can easily be relatable in the classroom. That is why I believe this is a not only a great teaching aid for parents but for educators as well. Reiterating the concept in both settings will go a long way in teaching children how to be successful in all aspects of life.
nferrill More than 1 year ago
"The Day No One Played Together" by Donalisa Helsley, is a story about learning to share, cooperate and compromise with one another. The two main characters, Jadyn and Genesis, are two sisters who have decided to play together on a beautiful summer day. Deciding to play together, however, was the easiest part of their day, as they soon realize their ideas for what to play seriously differ! Arguments ensue when Genesis wants to play in the dollhouse but Jadyn wants to play in the sandbox and again when Jadyn wants to play rock band but Genesis wants to play dolls. Out of frustration the two girls start to give up, until they learn the magical word "compromise" from their mom and then the fun really begins! Donalisa has written a great story about a realistic situation that takes place in every household with siblings and every daycare and school, and in doing so, she has turned it into a fun lesson learned. Sarah Harkey's illustrations are colourful, charming and include unique borders on each page that add a special something to the entire book. An additional benefit of this book is the "New Words Definitions" page at the end, which lists three words that might be new to the readers' vocabulary. This makes for a great book for teachers who use word walls in the classroom and for children who are starting to read on their own. I look forward to reading more books in this series and am excited at the idea of the New Words Definitions in each book! This book is a wonderful addition to any home and school library and will inevitably teach kids about the benefits of compromise, and how playtime can be much sweeter when everyone has a say in how to play.
AhgooReview More than 1 year ago
Jadyn and Genesis are sisters. Both sisters want to play but neither can agree on what to play. While playing separately they are bored and want to have fun with each other. When their mom introduces a new word, compromise, the girls begin to play together and have fun. Older kids and younger kids like to play different things which is why compromise is so important. The author included a glossary at the end of the book to define some of the words. This is a great addition to the book and will help the reader to expand their growing vocabularies. The illustrations are excellent, as you can see on the cover. The artist added details into the background like dad mowing the lawn. She also added embellishments to the pages to enhance the image. One page shows Jadyn writing her name in the sand and in the upper corners are images of tennis balls and pails. There are many details for little ones to discover as they read the book. The most important part of the book is the message. I understand the sibling dynamic all to well having grown up with a sister four years younger. We often wanted to play different things. I would want to play music and sing and dance while my sister wanted to play dolls or house. It felt like I was reading a biography of my own family as I read the story. It also caused me to look at compromise differently. Instead of playing one thing for a little while and then the other, the kids were able to play both things at once. Compromise doesn't mean choosing one or the other but the ability to do both things in a different way. The author has used creative thinking to make playtime easier on children and parents. It's a great story with fun illustrations that children are sure to enjoy.
Jasmine12JH More than 1 year ago
The Day No One Played Together is about two sisters who learn the meaning of and how to compromise. This book has a great story about siblings who have different ideas of what to do with their time. Some things that really stand out for me are that the girls are multiethnic, the ideas they are considering involve playing outside, dressing up, and using their imaginations. Not only does their mom explain the meaning of compromise, she gives them and example, and then also asks them to come up with an idea. Some things to consider are that this story is told by mom and involves two daughters. There are some of the things they talk about like playing in the sand boys would related to, however the story definitely has a female appeal. While there is a man in one scene, he does not engage with the children. The illustrations are colorful and sweet, and this story could be a great way to start discussion about compromise.
DarianWilk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Day No One Played Together is about two sisters, both wanting to play, and neither agreeing on what they should do. In a huff, they storm off in separate ways to play by themselves, but that isn¿t any fun sitting by yourself with no one to talk to. Then Mom teaches them the word `compromise¿, and soon the girls have lots of ideas of ways to play together.This was a very sweet read with adorable illustrations. This is a perfect book for parents to introduce the idea of compromise to your children, or to give them that gentle reminder slightly older kids sometimes need.I have two kids, seven years apart from the other, so you can imagine that I hear, ¿Mom, I want to sing but he wants to play cars!¿ a lot, with both of my kids storming toward me to whine their tale of woes. And today was no exception. I sat them down, and we read the book together.It was just the little reminder my daughter needed that it¿s more fun to play with her brother, than it is to sit in her room alone. And a great introduction of compromise for my son, that girls don¿t always want to play cars and robots. Not long after, they were peacefully playing together, having compromised, and Mommy could get back to work.My son loves being read to, and my daughter loves to read, and this book is wonderful for them to do together and sends them a good message while reading. Two thumbs up from this Mom who, thanks to this book, is now listening to giggles instead of whining!
ljldml on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story about compromise. Two sisters who don't play together until they learn the meaning of COMPROMISE. Sisters Jadyn and Genesis (I absolutely love these names) are home together on a beautiful sunny day. They cannot find a way to play together. This is a true to life situation faced by all parents. This story is a quick and easy way to explain compromise to children. It should be read to children by a parent or teacher. Told in a beautiful manner. Wonderful illustrations. This book belongs in every daycare, preschool and kindergarten. I know some adults who may benefit from this story, as well! Very well written. 5 stars!
Sherrill_Cannon More than 1 year ago
This is an adorable, believable book about compromise… It deftly suggests how to achieve this ability to work and play together. As defined at the end of the book, the story illustrates the meanings of “Disagree - to have different feelings and/or thoughts or to want something different than the other person” as well as “Brainstorm - to think of other ideas”, all resulting in “Compromise - to agree so that both sides get a little of what they want.” What a wonderful way to help children learn to play together…even siblings!
BiblioReadsBookReview More than 1 year ago
What I really liked about The Day No One Played Together is the creative and natural way the two sisters, with the guidance of Mom, work out the solution to their problem. Young readers will adapt this attitude and resolution for themselves and be sure to carry it over to their play. Jadyn and Genesis are likeable characters that kiddos can relate to--and who doesn't have children that sometimes can't play together? I'm looking forward to more from this author.
Trinity-Rose More than 1 year ago
This is such a sweet book talking about children getting along and playing by compromising. Two girls each want to do what they want, but get bored and lonely, because her sister isn't playing with her. It's such a great lesson to teach children to do what they want, but involve the other sister also. The book The Day No One Played Together teaches a great lesson, but also is easy to understand and very entertaining. The pictures in this book are very beautiful and the expressions on their faces are so real. The author uses her girl's names in the book and I bet she got the plot of this story from her own girls. This book teaches you can have fun playing what you like, but it is so much more fun if you have someone to share in your fun. I'm glad to have this book to teach my grandson and further grandchildren what compromising is all about. A wonderful teaching tool, but also very interesting. I recommend this book for children ages three through nine. Thank you to the author for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully illustrated and written story about two sisters who can't agree on what to play. They spend most of the day bored and alone until their mother teaches them the word "compromise". They learn on how to play together and have fun. At the end of the book there are words with definitions that might be new to young readers. Not only will your child learn a lesson, they will have a blast reading this story. This is a must have for any child's home library, school, preschool or daycare.