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Chip is a dreadfully selfish little bear who can’t find it in his heart to share any of his toys with his cousin Dorcas; who comes with their grandmother to visit Chip and his Mom. Chip is instructed to play with Dorcas and share his things, but Chip’s Idea of fun is to insult Dorcas’ name, talk back to his mother, and torment his cousin by sharing nothing with her.
Dorcas is shy and timid, and gives Chip the benefit of the doubt at each attempt to play with one of his toys. After much consideration and patients, Dorcas decides she is fed up with Chip’s nonsense, and selfishness. Chip keeps telling her how they have to share, but all the while he is sharing nothing with her.
Finally, Dorcas tells Chip she will share what she secretly carries in her pocket. His greedy little self agrees to take it without giving anything in return. After her gift to Chip, he is hopping and crying like the outsmarted bully that he is. His Mom and Grandma feel Dorcas has served him his just deserts.
In the end Chip realizes that what you give, is what you get back, but sometimes worse. Chip then sees Dorcas in a new light, and they begin to work on a friendship. This is a wonderful book for children who have a hard time sharing. It also has a life lesson for children; that no matter how timid a child is, they have the strength within themselves to combat anyone who is unkind to them.
I think this book written by Linda Derkez, and illustrated by Phoebe Doehring, will empower children who are timid, and bring enlightenment to those children who are a bit unkind to their playmates. I felt this book was entertaining, as well as a lesson in social skills for children. The pictures are colorful, cute, and in my opinion, will hold the attention of any small child. For me, this books earns ***** for content, life lessons, and art.
This book was reviewed by Susan Hornbach, author of children’s literature
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Cousin Dorcas is visiting today and Chip's mother tells him he must share his toys because it's kind and nice and fair to share. Shy Dorcas picks up one toy after the other, only to have that rascal Chip remind her that they have to share and take turns playing with his toys. Finally, Dorcas decides to be kind and nice and fair by sharing something with Chip that he might not actually want! Chip finds himself reluctantly admiring his cousin for beating him at his own game.