Playtime isn't easy when you have three toys and four kids—or is it?
Amy is very attached to her blankie, Bear, Bunny and Bird. “I love you all,” she tells them, “because we're together and you're MINE.” Enter twins Zack and Jack to disturb her halcyon moment. “Can we play?” they ask, but without waiting for a definitive answer, they pick up Bear and Bunny and carelessly toss them in the air. Next, angry Amy engages the twins in a toy tug of war. Meanwhile, while no one is looking, Baby Joe has entered the scene, taking his place on Amy's blanket and scooping up Bird, which he squeezes and kisses. When Amy sees her toy has been confiscated, she snatches it away. Baby Joe stands small and alone on the page, eyebrows slanted upward in distress, smile turned to frown. The sight of the woebegone baby stops all three. “He's all alone…without a toy,” the twins observe. Amy has the solution. The illustrations. rendered in vibrant colored pencil and acrylic, have no background—only a simple horizon line, which keeps the focus on the characters. The human figures have sizable faces, emphasizing their expressions and emotions. Sharp-eyed readers will see that the toys themselves are troubled by the strife, and their smiling faces (and beaks) reflect their happiness when fair play resumes.
A sweet, simple addition to the parade of pedagogical books about sharing. (Picture book. 2-5)