Sharing is tough, but taking turns can be even tougher.
Pammy and Wyatt are besties and hang out every day. However, Pammy seems to be having all the fun. “Wyatt and I love parades. I’m always the queen,” says Pammy as Wyatt pulls her along in a red wagon. When Wyatt wants a turn, Pammy moves on to the swing. “Wyatt loves to push me,” says Pammy as she goes higher and higher. Wyatt pleads for a push too, but Pammy decides to play school instead. “Wyatt likes it when I’m the teacher.” Or so she thinks. Wyatt is tired of playing by Pammy’s rules and protests, “Now it’s MY TURN to be the teacher!” When Pammy still refuses to give him a turn, Wyatt stomps off. “I’m not playing with you anymore!” Pammy ends up playing with her brother, Eddie, who teaches her a new game with one simple rule: “You shoot baskets until you miss one.” After Eddie shoots 67 straight baskets, Pammy has had enough. Then she realizes “it’s no fun to never get a turn” and makes things right with Wyatt. Rankin’s choice of two different anthropomorphic animals, a lamb for Pammy and a goat for Wyatt, is a subtle way to depict diversity. Rankin brings her expressive characters to life in believable scenarios and detailed mixed-media illustrations.
A delightful friendship story that children can relate to, as either Pammy or Wyatt. (Picture book. 3-6)