Tuesday’s Look at this Book! – ‘It’s Mine’


* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room.

Today’s great book: It’s Mine! by Leo Lionni (1985, Scholastic)

Interesting Facts about the Author: http://www.randomhousekids.com/brand/leo-lionni/

Time to Read: we read it just before bed

Summary:  from Scholastic…”It’s Mine! is the Caldecott award-winning author/illustrator Leo Lionni’s classic about three lovable frogs who learn a valuable lesson.”

Best Quote from the Book:  “Worms are for everybody!” they cried. But Milton croaked defiantly, “Not this one. It’s mine!”

Our View:  As it is with so many of the great fables of our own childhoods, this short story conveys a wonderful moral with the help of colorfully illustrated animals and a world of perspective.  Lionni uses words and illustrations as only a few of the great children’s authors of the past century have to bring to life an idea that is faced by every human being, large or small – being selfish or being selfless.  It is not always an easy choice, but it is a choice we all must make.  When we find that we can make the selfless choice, it is amazing how many times others will follow and do the same.  It’s Mine goes right to the heart of it without sounding preachy or moralistic, while all the time remaining grounded in goodness and grace, always with the child’s perspective as its balance.  This is not one to miss!

Favorite Illustration from the Book: