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In the last couple of years I've read so many books about sharing that I lost count. At the same time, I've never come across any book as simple yet complex as this one: It's fun, it's interactive, it's clever, and just very very adorable. My kids could relate well to all the different children (the book is full with diverse children, a HUGE plus), and my youngest son (4 yrs) was fully engaged when we read it, and even my 8-yr-old eventually joined in when we repeated out loud "It's fine, fine, fine!" Overall, this book is like a treasure box, and I will recommend it to my son's nursery as well as our local library. Thus, I'd highly recommend this book.
What a fantastic book to teach children how to share when all they want is to proclaim an object as theirs! The book is interactive. The adult or caregiver reads it out to the child while he or she acts out certain parts of the book. The MINE monsters throughout the book are shown in different scenarios where it might be hard to share (like the last cookie) or the temptation would be to be possessive (a favorite blanket or toy). The book teaches to first say stop and then substitute the word *fine* for *mine.* The author then provides ways to ask nicely that the object be shared. Each scenario resolves in sharing between the child and a parent or siblings. The book ends with more explicit directions for the young child about how to stop and reframe the situation if they ever get the impulse to get angry and say that something is *mine*. The illustrations are adorable. We see the MINE monsters (before they turn into children after they agree to share); they remind me of one of the creatures you would see in the Despicable Me movies. Not at all scary, but funny, goofy looking, and endearingly odd. This book, of course, teaches a good lesson about sharing, and it does so directly by instructing children what to do at the end of the book as well as through story, which is a great way for younger children to learn. I particularly like the interactive aspect, giving kids a chance to work out a little energy instead of just sitting still for a book.
This book is a really cute way to teach kids how they turn into "mine monsters" and how to "cure" it. It presents different situations in which the mine monster shows up, that children could easily relate to, and best of all, the actionable fun way to get rid of the monster: when you feel the mine monster on its way, stop! Before you shout, "It's MINE, MINE, MINE" jump up and down, turn around. Say, "It's fine fine fine!" We will be practicing this at home!
This is a book about how to solve the problem of a child who feels that it’s okay to yell ‘mine’ when the child wants something. The alternative is to jump up and down, turn around, and say ‘fine’. That works according to this book. My only remark would be that in some cases, this wouldn’t work. Just because a child asks nicely, shouldn’t mean the child gets what s/he wants.
This book is super duper cute! The colorful and vibrant illustrations are absolutely adorable! I love the facial expressions of the Mine Monsters! I also love how the author addresses the “mine” issue in such a cute, catchy, and clever way. This book will help parents with their children when they are going through the “mine” phase. I really enjoyed reading this book to my daughter!
‘How to Cure a MINE Monster’ by Brittany Plumery is such a sweet story. I believe it can be mind changing for little ones, seeing that it can have benefits to not say ‘mine, mine, mine’... The illustrations are bright and joyful.
That's such a cute book, with terrific illustrations which my daughters simply fell in love with! I got this book as my 2y.o is now in that "mine-monster" period, so we are trying to teach her how to share her toys, and this adorable story was such a great example on how to cure her little temper tantrums. We will be reading it many many times for sure.
My 6 year old and 2 year old daughters both enjoyed this book. They could definitely relate to becoming a MINE monster often and I loved the advice to fix it. The illustrations are beautiful and the monsters are so cute!