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We Share Everything! [Hardcover]

Robert Munsch , Michael Martchenko
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Aug. 1 1999
It's the first day of kindergarten and Amanda and Jeremiah have a problem. They both want to read the same books. They want to paint with the same paints. And they refuse to share. The teacher tells them, “Look. This is kindergarten. In kindergarten we share. We share everything.” Everything? Amanda and Jeremiah decide to take their teacher at her word. But what can they share? They begin by switching their shoes, and end up wearing each other's outfits! Now Jeremiah is wearing Amanda's pink shoes, pants and shirt and Amanda is wearing Jeremiah's clothes. Together they show their teacher that sharing really can be fun!

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Munsch and Martchenko (previously paired for The Paper Bag Princess and Alligator Baby) offer a snippet of a story about two squabbling kindergartners who have trouble sharing. When Amanda won't give Jeremiah the book she's looking at, he announces he will "yell and scream"; when he makes good on his threat, she stuffs the book in his mouth. When Jeremiah later refuses to surrender his building blocks to Amanda, she kicks over the elaborate Eiffel TowerAlike structure he has constructed. Martchenko's watercolors serve up exaggerated images that sometimes mimic an animated cartoon. The teacher, for example, is pictured surrounded by doves, flowers and butterflies as she flaps her arms and repeatedly gushes, "In kindergarten we share. We share everything." The kid-geared slapstick will invite snickers, but beyond those few giggles, this is forgettable fare. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1 "In kindergarten we share. We share everything" gushes a smiling teacher surrounded by birds, flowers, confetti, and lofty ideals. Amanda and Jeremiah are new to this sharing idea and don't much care for it. Jeremiah tries yelling to get a book from Amanda while she tries kicking him to get some blocks; neither attempt works. After each unsuccessful encounter, the teacher coos "we share everything." When the two children get smattered with paint during another struggle, they are again told to share. They decide to trade clothes, and Jeremiah is quite pleased with Amanda's pink shirt and pants. But when teacher notices, she yells "Who said you could share your clothes?" The whole class enthusiastically responds, "We share EVERYTHING!" as they joyously join in the clothes swap. Not many kindergarten teachers would be as flustered as this poor soul, particularly by a boy wearing pink. Pinky of James Howe's "Pinky and Rex" series (S & S) wears it proudly. Munsch and Martchenko are as wonderfully irreverent as ever, poking fun at school rules, teachers, and the literal minds of the young. Readers will be amused and have much to discover amidst the madcap watercolor cartoon illustrations. Dressing, undressing, and sharing are ever-popular topics with this age group. All but the timid or easily offended will want to share this story aloud. Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Ending does not ring true Nov. 23 1999
Format:Hardcover
Yes, the two irrepressibly cute characters in this book do indeed share everything. In fact, in the end the boy and girl end up taking off their clothes and switching them with each other while in their kindergarten classroom. Having taught kindergarteners within the last five years, this ending rang completely false with me. This is NOT behavior typical of kindergarteners, but more that of toddlers and young preschoolers. The kindergarteners I taught would not be caught dead taking their clothes off at school! Munsch strikes out on this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We Share Everything May 1 2002
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Format:Hardcover
This book is about two kids, a boy named Jeremiah and a girl named Amanda. It's their first day of kindergarten. At first they did't share anything. My favorite part is when Jeremiah tried what worked on his little brother. He screamed so loud that he could break a window. My other favorite part is when Amanda tried what worked on her older brother. She kicked over Jeremiah's tower. I think other kids my age and younger will like this book because it has great illustrations and funny events. It also has very easy words. Read to find out if they share at the end of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very funny book! Sept. 7 2000
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Format:Hardcover
My sons and I could not stop laughing while reading this book! Mr. Munsch has a humorous way of bringing up a frequently discussed topic at that age -- sharing. I have read other books by this author & enjoyed them also.
They are 5 & 8 and did not have a problem with the undressing issue -- they know what is appropriate & what is not. We usually discuss when we read books about what is real & appropriate and what is just pretend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We Share Everything July 11 2000
Format:Hardcover
Robert Munsch is an excellent storyteller, and it shines through his books! This story is the absolute, all time favorite of my "Kinders".
All of Munschs' books, including We Share Everything, are great pattern books which are great for teaching a variety of early reading skills including making predictions, etc.
He scored a big time hit with me and my students!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of this gender-biased book! March 19 2001
Format:Hardcover
The author reinforces gender stereotypes with a "humorous" ending where the girl and boy exchange clothes, resulting in a teacher exclaiming to the boy about his wearing pink pants. (You can tell it's sexist when you realize that navy blue pants wouldn't have worked.) Imagine how gender non-conforming children feel to have their likes ridiculed in this way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We share everything Dec 12 1999
Format:Hardcover
While it's true that kindergarteners generally would not share their clothes, young children love to think about and consider the ridiculous. My 10 year old thought this book was hilarious. Robert Munsch has a peculiar insight into the mind of children. My Head Start classroom yells "Robert Munsch" every time I bring out a new book.
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