Should I Share My Ice Cream? (Elephant and Piggie Book)

by Mo Willems

Hardcover, 2011



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Baker and Taylor (2011), Edition: Illustrated, 64 pages


Gerald the elephant has a big decision to make, but will he make it in time?

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LibraryThing member TChaness
This book not only has a silly aspect to it that will keep children engaged but it also teaches a lesson on sharing throughout the story.
LibraryThing member JNino
This is a series of books that are great first readers. I also highly suggest these books to teach fluency (expression). This book is about an Elephant who gets an ice cream, he debates throughout the book whether he should save some for his best friend Piggie. After all his debating he finally
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agrees to save some for her but then his ice cream comes crashing on the floor. Piggie comes to the rescue and shares her ice cream with him. A wonderful book to teach sharing or to read with emergent readers.
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LibraryThing member missbrandysue
I think this is my favorite Elephant and Piggie story of them all. Elephant gets some ice cream and then contemplates sharing it with Piggie until it melts. It has a comical voice to it, though and really shows the struggle of sharing for some people. I think it's great for preschool to 5th grade
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because of the humor.
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LibraryThing member LoniMc
This is a wonderful book about friendship and sharing. It would be a good read aloud.
LibraryThing member nbmars
This book for very young children, part of a series on doing the right thing, is very funny, and has a good message in it as well.

Gerald the elephant is best friends with Piggie the pig. Gerald gets an ice cream cone and really doesn’t want to share it, but feels like he should share it with
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Piggie. However, Piggie isn't around and might never know the difference! Gerald continues to ponder, and by the time Piggie comes along, the ice cream has melted so the question is moot. But as it happens, Piggie is carrying a cone, and offers to share it with Gerald.

This book provides a great discussion opener for parents about sharing and friendship and what happens when you think you should do something but don’t want to do it.

This is probably not for families like mine, the members of whom form protective barriers with their arms around treats. Wait: on the other hand, maybe it’s even better for people like us! (Jim and I read this together, and had a good laugh more than once as we recognized ourselves in the text and pictures!)

Note: Before author and illustrator Mo Willems turned to children's books, he was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmy Awards.
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LibraryThing member SADAMS30
The age old question...should I or shouldn't I share my ice cream??? Elephant struggles through this book to decide. Another great installment of Elephant and Piggie. Mo Willems is amazing!
LibraryThing member mdonley
Gerald bought some ice cream and was ready to enjoy it. Then he realized that Piggie may want some. What should he do? Share? Not share? Does Gerald get to enjoy the ice cream cone? Gerald and Piggie are back again with another story of how strong friendship can be. Great story!
LibraryThing member EmilyWright
This is an Elephant and Piggie book, one of Mo Willems' book series. When Elephant gets an ice-cream cone, he has to decide if he will share it with Piggie. Elephant spends so much time thinking about sharing his ice-cream, he forgets to eat his ice-cream and it melts. Piggie then comes and has an
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ice-cream cone to share with Elephant. Elephant learns that he needs to make a decision to share quicker and do the right thing from the beginning. The text and illustrations in this book are simple but create a good message for young readers. Young children will be able to follow the plot easier because there are only a few words on a page. The illustrations are pretty much only of characters, which makes it clear who the story is about.

Genre critique: This is a modern fantasy book because the characters are animals who talk but they take on human characteristics. I think this is a good fantasy because the conflict Elephant experiences is realistic and students will make connections to it. The author chose to use animals to share the message of friendship.

Plot Critique: In this story, Elephant is struggling to decide whether or not to share his ice cream. This is an internal conflict that Elephant is having with himself. The stories resolution is that Elephant's ice cream melts but then Piggie brings him an ice-cream cone to share. Elephant learns that it's best to do the right thing from the very beginning.

Media: Drawing, colored pencil
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LibraryThing member ashoemak
What a great book to teach sharing and true friendship to young readers. Elephant and Pig are truly best friends.
LibraryThing member paperloverevolution
Two best friends find a heartwarming solution to a timeless dilemma. Sharing is hard, but the answer should always be yes.
LibraryThing member kitbraddick
This Elephant and Piggie tale covers one of the most crucial values kids need to learn: sharing. While it is the most crucial it is often the most difficult and we find ourselves like Gerald asking "Should I share?" or harboring the "What's in it for me?" mentality. Mo Willems handles this topic
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with humor and fun and makes it relatable to children, rather than a command given from their parents. Elephant and Piggie make sharing understandable and not just a rule.
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LibraryThing member achamb15
This book was great, I love how the author coveys the story completely in a dialog. The dialog contains expression and excitement to engage readers. The message of this book is to share and give to others. The ending of the book was a nice style of writing and unpredictable. The humor is evident as
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Gerald is still talking while the ice cream is running down the cone in the pictures.
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LibraryThing member kather8
I have grown to love Mo Willems's work, especially the Elephant and Piggie books. I read this to my classroom and they loved it. The story teaches a good lesson in sharing. Children can identify with the internal struggle of wanting something for themselves but also wanting to do what they are
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taught is "right" by sharing. This struggle is evident in the case of Elephant, who does end of sharing his ice cream.
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LibraryThing member KyleeO
I love Piggie and Elephant books. They are exciting to younger students because they can be read aloud with the expressions. It shows students how the physical appearance of the print can change how the characters are speaking. It is also a straight dialogue read so students can read together being
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different characters.
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LibraryThing member hfetty1
Absolutely loved this book! It is so cute and relatable for young readers to learn about sharing and being a good friend. In saying this, I believe that the big idea or message that the author wanted to get across is the importance of sharing, thinking about others and being a selfless friend. The
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plot was very simple yet organized and made this 'impossible' story seem real! The Elephant starts by getting her ice cream, contemplating sharing it, making excuses to not share and then dropping her ice cream. But then... then Piggie comes over to share *her* ice cream! It was such a cute series of events! I also loved the overall setup of the writing throughout. Each page only includes a couple words, if any. Specifically on the pages from the Elephant dropping her ice cream until the page where Piggie comes onto the page, with her ice cream, I thought was adorable! The overall story was so simple and cute, and very relatable for children!
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Not as original as some of Willems' work, but certainly a worthy addition to the Elephant & Piggie world. Gerald really needs to learn to chill, to be less anxious.
LibraryThing member CMcNeely
Elephant and Piggy are relatable characters and the story teaches a strong lesson in friendship, sharing, and caring for others. Illustrations are cute and text in talking bubbles adds to the visual appeal of the story.
LibraryThing member lissabeth21
We absolutely loved this one! I loved that the boys saw the flip side of the story work out for friends.
LibraryThing member Lake_Oswego_UCC
Sharing is difficult, especially if sharing ice cream means less for you to eat yourself!
LibraryThing member rainablu
Elephant starts by getting ice cream. Elephant contemplates sharing with biggie but thinks of all these reason why not to share. Elephant then drops the ice cream but piggie comes and shares with elephant.
LibraryThing member Lake_Oswego_UCC
Sharing is difficult, especially if sharing ice cream means less for you to eat yourself!


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