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Book Review: Not Fair, Won’t Share by Sue Graves

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I have the privilege of reviewing “Our Emotions and Behavior”, a new picture book series from Free Spirit Publishing, which help young children recognize and understand their feelings, their actions, and how they are connected. There are four titles in the series: But Why Can’t I?, I’m Not Happy, Not Fair, Won’t Share, and Who Feels Scared? Share is the third book in the series.

I love the cute illustrations and I’m so glad to be able to review this book!

This book is about a teacher who has made a “space station” for her class activities where her students get their chance to play with the buttons, levers, and the space gadgets. To be fair to all the children, she put their names into a hat and draws out three of the childrens’ names who get to play first.

Nora, Dan and Henry were chosen to be the first three children to play in the “space station,” but they were told to take their turns and share. However, Nora decides to hog all the gadgets and plays with the buttons and levers without giving chance to the other two children to play. Dan and Henry are not happy with what Nora did, and they all get into a fight and end up being punished by their teacher.

From this story, I get to teach my boy to share, take turns and play together and not to act selfishly like Nora. Few days back, I managed to put this into practise when a friend of my hubby came over with his four year old son. Ben was feeling generous with his toys and was showing his toys to the older boy, but once his toys were taken away by the older boy, Ben cried and wanted his toys back.

I talked to him calmly, telling him to take turns and to pick one toy to pass to the older boy to play for just a while. This works, though it only lasted less than 10 seconds, but at least, there is some improvement there!

In the next few pages of the book, we see the three children realising their mistakes and they apologise to their teacher and to each other too! The story ends with all three children taking turns and playing happily.

From this story, I get to teach my boy that sharing means everybody gets their share and being happy with the people they are with as a result.

I appreciate the additional two pages of picture story about two space aliens that do not want to share a toy they found and end up being unhappy. But once they decide to share and play together, they enjoy the toy and game together.

In my opinion, the “Our Emotions and Behavior” series is a good choice for parents to use with their children because of the positive message it brings!

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