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Finders Keepers by Will Lipkind
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Finders Keepers

by Will Lipkind

Other authors: Nicolas Mordvinoff (Illustrator)

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After reading several negative comments about this early Caldecott book in the Childrens Books group I really tried hard to like it. The middle of the story, with each semi-repetitive encounter, could be the nugget of a charming fable, and that much I did like.

And I suppose one could guess that this book was honored because it was one of the first to be something that is *not* sweet and tender, like Egg Tree and Song of the Swallows, etc. Little kids are wild and scruffy and selfish - maybe it was refreshing to see their core nature given acknowledgement, with the dogs as proxies.

And think carefully of the morals & lessons that the farmer, goat (Mr. Tuftichin - love it!), hair-trimmer, and big dog tried to teach our heroes. A young reader has something to think about as s/he ponders which lessons are worth paying heed to.

And the art supports the rough exuberance of the story.

So, I can say all that good stuff about the book. But I still can't actually like it much. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This story is the epitome of sharing. It follows two dogs named Nap, and Winkle whom both have helped to unearth a bone. They want it for themselves, and of course an argument ensues, for Nap saw it first, and Winkle touched it first. They take their reasoning to many people, all of which need help in certain matters, and after the task has been completed, they do not recall the original question of the bone. So the dogs continue on. They encounter a barber who cuts their fur ridiculously, and lastly, a larger dog, who asks the size of the bone. Upon digging it up from it's place of hiding, the larger dog decides it for his own, and runs away with it. This is where teamwork, albeit slightly violent, is finally a crossing between Nap and Winkle. They are both able to disarm the bone from the larger dog, and end up sharing it, each dog chewing away at either end. ( )
  candyceutter | Sep 6, 2015 |
Two doges find a bone and travel through many obstacles to discover the bone was meant to be shared. A classic tale that uses the bond of two dogs to show children sharing is important. The simplicity of the pictures allow the children to see the moral of the story.
  bmmander | Sep 17, 2013 |
The lessons learned in this one are that asking for advice doesn't always help, people have their own agenda, and sharing works out in the end. My favorite part of the story was when the apprentice barber cut the dogs' hair.

It seems different that the authors' first names only are on the front of the book and on the title page. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
This book is great to read to younger toddlers and it's also great for beginner readers. Teaches children to share with others. And that that is the best way. ( )
  lmaddux | Oct 8, 2010 |
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Two dogs each claim a bone they have found and ask passersby for help in deciding ownership.

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