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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Should I Share My Ice Cream? Written and illustrated by Mo Willems. Hyperion, Hachette. 2011. $9.99 ages 3 and up

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What could be more perfect for a hot summer day than an ice cream cone? Gerald is incredibly excited when he sees the ice cream cart and is quick to make a purchase. He is not quite so decisive about what to do with it.

If you know Gerald, you will know that Piggie is his best friend. You will also know that Gerald is about the best friend in the world anyone could have. He is always thoughtful, and kind, and concerned, and generous, and well, you know! 

So, here's his dilemma. He knows that Piggie loves ice cream just as much as he does. Before he takes his first lick, he stops to think. Should he share his cone with Piggie? Maybe Piggie won't like the flavor. Piggie is nowhere to be seen. He could finish it before he sees her. She wouldn't even know he had it. Is that what he should do?

If you know Gerald...right, I have said that earlier. His imagination turns to a sad, inconsolable Piggie whose sadness might be assuaged by the very ice cream cone he has in his hands (well, feet!).  Before he imagines one more scenario, he looks down to find his ice cream has melted. He is so sad!!

As only Gerald's luck would have it, guess who comes along with an ice cream cone in hand (well, hoof!)? You guessed it...and guess what Piggie suggests. And, while it was not his has a happy ending, just the same!

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