Should I share my ice cream?

Mo Willems

Book - 2011

Gerald must decide if he should share his ice cream before it's too late.

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Series
Elephant & Piggie book.
Subjects
Genres
Readers (Publications)
Published
New York : Hyperion Books for Children c2011.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
57 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781423143437
1423143434
Main Author
Mo Willems (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The endless line of moral dilemmas presented by Willems' Elephant & Piggie series continues with this ode to the classic conflict between generosity and greed. Wow, is Elephant ever excited about his ice-cream cone! (He is so excited his very word balloons are in cone shape.) But should he find Piggie and give her some before it all melts? Swift changes in text and image size provide much of the humor, though nothing is funnier than Elephant's rationalizing: "Sharing a flavor Piggie does not like would be wrong." Is it even possible to get tired of these books? Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Children will delight in this perfect drama for hot weather. Gerald is excited about his "awesome, yummy, sweet, super, great, tasty, nice, cool ice cream" cone. But worry sets in with thoughts of his best friend, Piggie—should he share his treat with her? As Gerald wrestles with the pros and cons, observant readers will notice that the ice cream is melting—fast. By the time he decides in favor of sharing, it has melted into a puddle at his feet, and Gerald realizes that he "blew it." But timing is everything, and Piggie shows up at that moment with a cone of her own—and happily shares it. "Not my plan," thinks Gerald, but he also realizes that this arrangement is fine. Willems's simple text allows beginning readers independent success, although the text and illustrations also work well as a read-aloud. Fans of the series will not want to miss this offering, and adults can use the simple story to discuss sharing, friendship, and making decisions in a timely manner. Another winner.—Stephanie Farnlacher, Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, AL [Page 132]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Gerald the elephant has a big decision to make, but will he make it in time?

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In a latest entry in a Geisel Award-winning series, the friendship between reserved Gerald and fun-loving Piggie is tested when Gerald faces a difficult decision. By the Emmy Award- and Caldecott Honor-winning author of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 100,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Gerald must decide if he should share his ice cream before it's too late.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.Gerald and Piggie are best friends.In Should I Share My Ice Cream? Gerald has a big decision to make. But will he make it in time?Using vocabulary that is perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a funny story about the challenges of doing the right thing. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo will eagerly eat it up!

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.Gerald and Piggie are best friends.In Should I Share My Ice Cream? Gerald has a big decision to make. But will he make it in time? Using vocabulary that is perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a funny story about the challenges of doing the right thing. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo will eagerly eat it up!