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Give and Take

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A clever story of greed and goodness, and the art of finding the in-between, from two-time Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka, creator of the New York Times bestselling A Ball for Daisy.

Watch the farmer’s ear.

Now watch the two small, clever fellows in pointy hats whispering into it, first one, then the other.

Give and Take. They cannot agree.

Listen now to the farmer talk back—and, in this story of apples, pumpkins, pigs, and a final surprise, he just might get the better of both of them.

From Publishers Weekly

May 19, 2014 – Two strong-willed elves harry a farmer in this pitch-perfect folktale by Caldecott Medalist Raschka. While harvesting apples, the farmer meets Take, "a tiny little man" dressed in black. The farmer heeds Take's advice to "take as much as we can," trades all his apples for pumpkins, and ends up with "gallons of pumpkin soup." The next day, he sends Take away and meets Give, another Rumpelstiltskin lookalike dressed all in white. "Give away everything you have," Give orders. Unfortunately, once the farmer dispenses with his opinions and his apples, he goes home alone and hungry. On the third day, the man balances Give and Take's input, resulting in an apple pie for all to share. Raschka illustrates in wide strokes and swoops of India ink, daubed with jewel-toned watercolors, for a rustic, handcrafted feel. Give and Take recall a classic angel-and-devil duo (or Spy vs. Spy), but neither is all good or bad. This isn't a flashy story, but one whose wisdom flows naturally from a well-structured setup amid dashes of visual and verbal humor. Ages 4 8.


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Give and Take
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  • $10.99
  • Level: Grades P-3
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Published: Aug 26, 2014
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 40 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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