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15 January 2014

Review: A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems

A Big Guy Took My Ball! 
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In A Big Guy Took My Ball! Piggie is devastated when a big guy takes her ball! Gerald is big, too...but is he big enough to help his best friend?

Mo Willems is a perpetual favorite.  His books are funny, are usually easier to read, and have great illustrations!

A BIG GUY TOOK MY BALL is the story of Piggy, who finds a ball and enjoys playing with it.  Until a big guy comes and takes it away.  Piggy runs to Elephant for help, because he feels like he's been bullied.  Elephant is outraged...until he meets the big guy---who is much bigger than he is!

Then, with a classic switch ending, we learn to see from another person's perspective.

I really like this book because it teaches kids to look at both sides of the argument, and that just because someone looks different, doesn't mean that they are mean.

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