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Summary: Genesis wants to play in the playhouse; her older sister Jadyn wants to play in the sandbox. Neither budges on who plays what first, so they go off to play by themselves. That's boring! So then they try playing inside - same thing happens. At lunch, Mom helps them understand the idea of compromise and doing a little bit of what they BOTH want. This is a picture book about sibling relations, boredom, and creative problem solving.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The events are very realistic without being over the top. Although the characters are girls, boys will also relate to the frustration of not playing what "they" want.
Pros: If you have siblings, keep this book handy! It will be very helpful in reminding kids of different ways to solve problems. It also has potential as a transitional reader for kids ready to read longer text passages.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! The idea of compromise is presented in a way that makes sense for kids, without all the philosophy.
Educational Themes: The author includes a glossary of terms at the back that you can use to talk about some of the concepts in the book. You might ask your listeners to come up with an example of a time when they couldn't work something out with a sibling or playmate. Then have them offer suggestions on ways they could compromise like Genesis and Jadyn.
Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, problem solving
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2013
Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found; see reader feedback at amazon.com.