Young People's Stories of Sharing
Billings, Melissa Stone
. Young People's Press, Inc. . San Diego
YPS 8 .
PZ8.1.Y846 Sh 1995 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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There are three stories in this oversized pamphlet. The first, The Selfish Giant from England is illustrated by Gwen Connelly (2). The selfish giant forbids the children to play in his garden. As a result, it is always winter in that garden. In the end, the giant relents and realizes how selfish he has been. He knocks' down the garden's walls and welcomes children into it. The second story, How Sun, Moon, and Wind Went Out to Dinner, comes from India and is illustrated by Marion Eldridge (16). Sun, Moon, and Wind go out to eat with an uncle and an aunt, while their mother Star waits at home for their return. Only the Moon thinks of providing food for Star. Star ends up cursing the sun (and so it is so scorching) and the wind (people hate it for drying up all living things). The moon is blessed by having soft, cool, and beautiful light. The Importance of Sharing comes from Zaire and is illustrated by Julie Paschkis (24). Two daughters going out into the forest come across a snake good to eat, and they cook it for themselves. Their younger sister asks why they do not share it with her. This younger sister reports them when they get back to the family. Any child that eats in secret and does not share is not worthy of the family (29). I do not think that this moral crosses cultures very easily! There are acknowledgements on 30. Strangely, a source is acknowledged for only one of the three stories.