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Mine!

by Shutta Crum
Illustrated by Patrice Barton

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
28 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢠥75-867118

Ages 2-4

A familiar and repeated refrain of early childhood is the inspiration for this hilarious picture book. A toddler stakes claim to almost every toy surrounding its younger sibling with a simple declaration: 揗ine. Mine. Mine. The baby is nonplussed. The same can抰 be said for the toddler after the baby has the audacity to pick up one unclaimed item. 揗ine! the toddler proclaims. The other toys in the toddler抯 arms go flying in an attempt to grab it. A small dog gives chase. Oh-oh Oh! What fun! It抯 a gleeful, not quite wordless romp in which illustrator Patrice Barton provides much of the narrative through images of the baby/toddler/dog/toy frenzy. Toys are dumped in the dog抯 water bowl, then thrown for the dog, who chases them joyfully, to the children抯 delight. But author Shutta Crum brings the story full circle with a twist as the baby takes its first toddling steps and throws its arms around the toddler at story抯 end: 揗ine! The sibling interactions ring wonderfully true in this delightful outing.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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