Elephant & Piggie

Elephant & Piggie

Should I Share My Ice Cream?

Book - 2011
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Gerald the elephant has a big decision to make, but will he make it in time?
Publisher: New York, NY : Hyperion Books for Children, 2011
ISBN: 9781423143437
Branch Call Number: ELE
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations

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Ichibankawaii1
Aug 23, 2017

Great book that doesn't overload small children with words, but has tremendous meaning to older children (and us adults) as Gerald goes through agony and guilt over whether or not to share his precious ice cream. Any child or adult can relate to the feelings Gerald is having about the situation. And the revelation that it didn't end up like he thought.

VaughanPLJohn Nov 02, 2016

My daughter's favourite book in the series! A funny and easy to read story with a good moral, and Willems' artwork is as fun as ever!

LPL_MichaelB Aug 14, 2014

Another Mo Willems classic. Elephant and Piggy books are hilarious, very simple to read, and have plenty of Kindergarten and First grade sight words.

nycounsel Jul 14, 2014

I felt like the piggy character was underdeveloped, and the moral message was muddied a bit when the issue about sharing was mixed with the concept that he who hesitates is lost.

The ice cream color - green - was also slightly confusing. Maybe it was pistachio? mint? Sadly, those questions went unanswered.

Why was the elephant wearing glasses? That just seems unrealistic. And of course it's a penguin selling ice cream, the worst sort of stereotyping. Why not a camel, or a hyena?

I grew slightly tired of this book sometime around the fifteenth reading, and that did not improve with additional readings.

DaytonMuse May 07, 2013

My four-year-old just couldn't get enough of Gerald and Piggy in this one. The drama of the ice cream cone - both in the internal monologue of Gerald and the illustration of the ice cream - was thick enough to be cut with a knife. How can cartoons be so expressive?! Really taps into how over the top the emotions of kids can be. Sharing an ice cream IS a dramatic experience for someone this age!

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Abundance1213
Feb 25, 2013

my son loves this book

kimrae Sep 18, 2012

A great story! Emotions are up and down and it is a fun read.

angeladibio123xd Jun 12, 2012

The title is funny!

YogiMumma Apr 28, 2012

Can't go wrong with "Piggy and Gerald"!

McIndoo Nov 07, 2011

Gerald is grappling with a great moral conflict! Should he share his icecream with his best friend Piggie? But maybe Piggie doesn’t like that flavour and she is not here anyway! But she could be somewhere all alone and sad and icecream would make her feel better! He debates sharing his icecream for so long that it melts away! My, oh, my! Read to find out how it all ends! The illustrations are excellent and touching, as usual.

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gainerkari
Nov 27, 2013

gainerkari thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 10

blue_beetle_203 Jun 26, 2013

blue_beetle_203 thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

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angeladibio123xd thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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