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Author: Jill Paton Walsh

Illustrator: Stephen Lambert

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Publisher: Viking,

Material: hard cover

Summary: When Robert won't share his toys with Connie, she creates her own world using her imagination that shows Robert how fun playing together can be. A light book that deals with sharing from both sides of the dispute

Type of Reading: anytime reading

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Age of Child: Read with child nearly 3 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Toddler could relate the events in this book to recent experiences in her/his own life.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book seemed a bit preachy but certainly seemed to reach toddler.

Pros: A solid book to teach the concept of sharing.

Cons: The idea that one can use his/her imagination instead of actually playing with toys is a tough concept to get across to toddlers and preschoolers.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This book is good for children who are having a tough time understanding sharing.

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Educational Themes: Sharing is the primary theme of this book with imagination as a secondary theme.

Notes: out of print, but used copies available at and

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2004

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