Lemniscaat

Picture Books

isbn:978-1-59078-506-5

: Mathilde Stein

illustrator: Mies van Hout

Mine

Once children start to speak they are quick to latch on to the word ‘mine', and from then on, all toys, clothes, etc. will be 'mine'. A small ghost, the main character in this pedagogically tinged picture book, is indeed not about to share anything at all, but fortunately he changes and in the end becomes capable of sharing toys and playing with others.

Mies van Hout has done a great job in creating this pert and expressive human-like ghost. Star part for the smart girl who reacts laconically and unflappably to his antisocial behaviour.
Dry humour.

Rights sold to Italy, Spain (& Catalan), U.S.A., Korea.

Awards

Included in the 2008 edition of The Best Children's Books of the Year, an annotated bibliography from the Children's Book Committee of Bank Street College of Education in New York City.
Included in NEW BOOKS FOR MISSOURI STUDENTS, 2008 edition produced by the Missouri State Teacher Association

Reviews

"Engaging illustrations carry this import beyond the utilitarian modeling of socialization skills-though it does that too. ...Stein tells the tale without explicit lessons, the ghost's scowls (which later change to smiles) and Charlotte's low-key reactions clearly echo the changing emotional weather, and by the end the ghost has learned a new word: "Yours!" A good vocabulary builder for over-possessive children and a worthy peace-mongering strategy for their siblings and caregivers to boot."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Cheerful pictures and a lighthearted tone make this lesson easy to digest. ...Simple and sweet."
-School Library Journal

other books by Mathilde Stein and Mies van Hout:

Brave Ben
Brave Ben
The Child Cruncher
The Child Cruncher

other books by Mathilde Stein:

Monstersong
Monstersong

other books with Mies van Hout:

Krik
Krik
Lovey and Dovey
Lovey and Dovey
O, o, Octopus!
O, o, Octopus!
Virgil of Tuil
Virgil of Tuil