Perfect Picture Book Friday! Confiscated! by Suzanne Kaufman

15 Oct

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a fun book about sharing.

Confiscated!
By Suzanne Kaufman
32 pages – ages 4+

Published by Balzer + Bray on August 1, 2017

Theme/Topic- Sharing
Genre- Fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Brooks and Mikey fought over EVERYTHING and ANYTHING. And whenever they did, their mama would take it away.

In other words, it got CONFISCATED!

Synopsis from Publisher: “When Mama hears Brooks and Mikey fighting over yet another toy, it gets CONFISCATED!

(In other words, taken away.)

It’s only when ALL the toys are confiscated that Brooks and Mikey finally learn how to work—and play—together nicely.

(But not before creating a whole heap of trouble . . . )”

What I Thought- Ms. Kaufman has created a wonderful book that showcases the case for sharing. The dinosaurs are impartial to their fighting, fighting over everything. Eventually, when all the toys are gone, they start talking to each other. And learning how they actually like each other. It’s awesome. There are also great illustrations that fit the story well – I really like how you don’t see Mama’s face until the end. I also really like the wide variety of confiscated items – a bike, Mexican wrestling mask, tuba, and even the dog (which, granted, was a little odd). The only thing I didn’t like was that the tuba was actually a sousaphone – the marching band counterpart to the tuba. But that’s just me being a band geek. 😉 This is an excellent picture book about sharing!

Activities and Resources- There is a good list of sharing activities from Care.com HERE.

There is also some more sharing activities from Powerfulmothering.com HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

6 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! Confiscated! by Suzanne Kaufman”

  1. Darlene October 16, 2017 at 8:57 am #

    Sounds like a book all kids need to read. Sharing can be an issue with little ones.

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    • ThisKidReviewsBooks October 16, 2017 at 7:41 pm #

      It certainly can be an issue, and I think this book is a perfect way to combat such things!

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  2. heylookawriterfellow October 16, 2017 at 10:56 am #

    But Mexican wrestling masks are supposed to encourage conflict, yes?

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    • ThisKidReviewsBooks October 16, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

      …yes. Yes they are. Good point. Well… Just share the conflict then, okay?

      😉

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  3. Genevieve Petrillo October 16, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

    So fun. I feel ya, dinosaurs! Whenever I find a secret, quiet spot to settle down and work on chewing the ear or tail or leg off one of my toys, it gets confiscated. So unfair.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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    • ThisKidReviewsBooks October 16, 2017 at 7:48 pm #

      Have you ever thought about how your mom may want to chew the ear or tail or leg off of the toy too? 😉

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