School Isn’t Fair by Patricia Baehr and illustrated by R.W. Alley is about four-year-old Edward describing all the ways he’s a victim of unfairness during his school day. I have a fondness for this book because…
– Edward’s ‘voice’ is so authentic. He sounds like a typical four-year-old. My 3 and 5 year-olds call each other silly names and whine about something not being fair – just like Edward.
– The conflicts are real. Edward is bullied. He doesn’t get his way in class. He can’t run as fast as his classmates. He can’t see the pictures during story time. And he acts out because he doesn’t know how to express his anger.
– The illustrations are nice. It always helps to have decent illustrations to convey a story.
The title is accurate, this little boy did NOT want to share. And he’s got oodles of toys – enough to spare. Matter of fact, near the end of the story, I was wondering if he’d come around. And then, a child after my own heart, he caved in for the luxury of chocolate. 🙂
This tale, written by Mike Reiss and illustrated by David Catrow, is well put together. The illustrations are intense (look at the cover), yet engaging. The story is uncomplicated, yet honest and reads in a lovely rhythmic tempo.
My boys love this book! They instantly responded to the emotions and stubbornness of the little boy (as if they’ve never been such way 🙂 ). And yet, the little sister in the story is so meek, there’s no collision between the two (which is also not so realistic in our world).
I think the boy’s resistance to sharing resonated with my boys and left a positive impression about the value of sharing. We’d definitely recommend it.
Of course, I HAD to pick this book up when I saw the title! I mean really, how many times have I asked my own boys this question before going out??
Author Cari Best tells a story of a young boy who is going to his great-grandmother’s 100th birthday party… and it’s got all of the ingredients of fun.
– Going out at night
– Attending a birthday party
– Eating CAKE
– Playing and dancing
Of course, he gets into trouble and is reprimanded by grown-ups. I mean really, what else is a 5-year-old to do at a grown-up party that had chicken with mushrooms and onions for dinner and no toys? In the end, the one who appreciates his childlike curiosity and frivolousness is the guest of honor – his great-grandmother! They cut the rug (dance), eat candy and have a ball! Thinking of my own grandfather who lived to be 100 years and 2 months old, the last lines of the book got me misty-eyed.
“I can’t wait till next year,’ says Robert.
“Neither can I,” says Great Gran Sadie.
Brian Caras’ illustrations from a child’s point of view were so on point! Overall, the book didn’t arouse a huge reaction from my boys, but I know they could relate and I think they enjoyed it.
My oldest turned five last month so he could appreciate this tale. The main character is just like him! He’s a young boy who turned five, he’s got a younger brother, and he can’t sit STILL!
This is part of Jamie Lee Curtis’s collection that I checked out of the library. And this boy struggles internally the same as some adults! He says, “My mind says do one thing – my mouth says another.”
But the issues are those of a typical five-year-old. It was so funny watching the light bulb of familiarity go off in my son’s head as he realized other kids feel the same as he does… like being aggravated with his baby brother. The boy in the book is even outgrowing his clothes! In the end, he finds the joys in being five. I’d recommend it and I’m sure my son would too.
** I’m blogging #31for21 – National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. More than 400,000 people in the United States have Down syndrome.