Review of People Share with People

People Share with People

by Lisa Wheeler; illus. by Molly Idle

Preschool    Atheneum    40 pp.

9/19    978-1-5344-2559-0    $17.99

e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2560-6    $10.99

The team behind People Don’t Bite People (rev. 3/18) presents another useful and engaging toddler-skills picture-book primer in rhyme, with child-friendly examples and Idle’s dynamic, appealing illustrations to downplay the didacticism. “It’s good to share a blanket. / It’s nice to share some fries. / It’s great to share your crayons / BEFORE somebody cries.” The story covers friendship sharing, sibling sharing (“Your mom is NOT a wishbone. / You can’t split her in two!”), and things not to share (“And please, oh PLEASE, / don’t share your sneeze!”). Intangibles such as “love, respect, and time,” along with the whys of sharing (i.e., to make the world a better place), are also touched upon. This book’s subject may be less pointed than its predecessor, but its lessons are just as necessary and valuable, and delivered in a way that should entertain young children (see: a child using two of those shared French fries as walrus tusks).

From the September/October 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University and a BA from Oberlin College.

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