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Give and Take

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Folksy tale, whimsical art teach value of give and take.

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GIVE AND TAKE is a lightly humorous folk tale with a story that is engaging, thought-provoking, and enjoyable to read aloud. The artwork is fantastic, especially if you like less-than realistic, playful illustrations. Black India ink lines stretch around strong images that are dabbed artistically with subtle yet vivid watercolors. The apples are red red, the pumpkins various shades of orange, with a little green and gray here and there, all splashed against whatever white space remains on the page. The artwork alone will hold the imagination of young readers, and the story will spark plenty of discussion about what went wrong and what went right because of the farmer's decisions to take everything, give everything, and make his own decisions. Give and Take is one book parents won't mind reading over and over again, and kids will continue to love for a long time.

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