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Mine! by Mathilde Stein

Mine! (edition 2007)

by Mathilde Stein, Mies van Hout (Illustrator)

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Authors:Mathilde Stein
Other authors:Mies van Hout (Illustrator)
Info:Lemniscaat USA (2007), Edition: Translated, Illustrated, Hardcover, 26 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:1st-3rd grd, easy, observation

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Mine! Is about a girl named Charlotte who one day stumbles upon a ghost in her bed. She attempts to befriend the ghost, but everything the ghost touched he yelled "Mine". The ghost could clearly not share. Charlotte and they ghost play together everyday and finally the ghost learns how to share, well for the most part. Until a man comes knocking at the door describing a missing ghost from his castle and Charlotte simply says my ghost is nice and he shares so the man leaves. The nest day the ghost is gone and there is note to Charlotte that says "yours". The ghost finally learned how to share. I read this book to a group of second graders and they loved it. I got a lot of positive feedback and it went over well. ( )
  ccbell | Nov 18, 2012 |
Like Mathilde Stein's heroine of The Child Cruncher, Charlotte takes things as they come and is never at a loss. So when she finds a little white ghost in her bed, she's not at all surprised. He turns out to be quite a selfish little ghost, and the only word he knows if "mine". But with Charlotte's firm guidance, he learns it's more fun to play when you share!

Although this is a ghost story, it's not really something you'd put in your Halloween or holiday books. The emphasis isn't on the ghost, but on Charlotte's matter-of-fact acceptance of his presence and her straight-faced way of dealing with the ghost's demands. When the ghost goes home, Charlotte misses him - but he's learned quite a few things from her, as she discovers!

Mies van Hout's art is comfortingly scratchy and textured and her minimalist faces express emotions with just a twitch of the mouth and a shift of the ghost's little dot eyes. The combination of full-page spreads and smaller inset illustrations breaks up the longer sections of text and will hold the attention of children from the surprising beginning to the satisfying end.

Verdict: Recommended. Hand this one to parents who want books on sharing, to kids who like ghost stories that aren't too creepy, and to fans of The Child Cruncher.
  JeanLittleLibrary | Feb 7, 2011 |
SLJ Reviews 2007 August

PreS-Gr 2
— In this pleasant import, a grabby ghost is taught how to share. Charlotte goes to bed one night to discover a little white ghost clutching her blanket, shouting "Mine!" She takes the intruder in stride and welcomes him as long as he makes room for her. The next day, he snatches all the toys in the bathtub, claims the socks, hogs the toast, takes over the backyard swing, and runs off with the ball. Good-natured Charlotte maintains her composure and offers an alternative in each situation, to no avail. When she goes off by herself, the ghost realizes that he would have more fun playing with Charlotte than stealing her things. The two become friends and celebrate by making and eating pancakes together. When a neighbor comes by looking for a runaway ghost who doesn't know how to share, he cannot believe that this sociable spirit is his missing houseguest. Cheerful pictures and a lighthearted tone make this lesson easy to digest. Charlotte and her floating, childlike friend are outlined against muted background scenes. Unlike the frogs in Leo Lionni's It's Mine! (Knopf, 1986), Charlotte refuses to argue with her selfish companion. She also sets a good example without being a martyr, la Marcus Pfister's Rainbow Fish. Simple and sweet.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
  kmgerbig | Dec 12, 2007 |
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Charlotte finds a very rude ghost at her house, but after she teaches him how to share, he is a delightful companion.

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