Today I get the honor of sharing with you a wonderful children's book about compromise. The author, Donalisa Helsley, was kind enough to send me this book digitally to review. She is part of the Multicultural Children's Book Day group. The book, The Day No One Played Together, is based one her own daughters and the all important lesson of learning to compromise.
The story is about two sisters who go out on a beautiful day to play in the yard. Each girl has her own idea of what they should play and neither is willing to play the other's game before playing her own, so they play by themselves and are miserable. Eventually both girls go inside and try to play together inside. Again they both have ideas of what to do, but cannot decide which idea to play first and both end up playing alone again. At lunch their mother suggests they compromise. She explains that compromise means finding something to do together with a little of both ideas in it. After lunch they find a way that both girls can play together and still do what she wants and have fun together.
This book is a wonderful example for young children about compromising. It gives a clear definition of the word compromise and then follows it with an example. It is a must read for all families with young children. Then the bonus is that it is a multicultural children's book since the girls are not Caucasian. And as they should, the girls learn it is more fun to compromise and play together than to play alone. They compromise by one sister giving a concert to the other girl's dolls. Since we read this book, Hazel has been talking about compromising whenever we come to a difference of opinions. She definitely got the concept from the book.
The book also is a Mom's Choice Award Recipient. It is available on Donalisa's website, Wild About Reading, as well as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I definitely recommend this book and reading it to young children and especially siblings.
For more multicultural book reviews check out:
- Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell
- Julie Black Belt Series by Oliver Chin
- The Year of the Horse by Oliver Chin
- Sora and the Cloud by Felicia Hoshino
- Justice Pon di Road by Aliona Gibson
- Books about Civil Rights
- Multicultural Christmas Books
- How the Sea Began: A Taino Tale Retold by George Crespo
- In My Family by Carmen Lomas Garza and What Can You Do with a Rebozo? by Carmen Tafolla
- Princess Grace by Mary Hoffman
- Butterflies for Kiri by Cathryn Falwell
- The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
- Most of My Fairy Tales in Different Culture Posts
- All of my Around the World in 12 Dishes Posts