Sometimes You Get What You Want
Sometimes You Get What You Want
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Annotation: A brother and sister spend a day in preschool learning lessons about boundaries, such as it is sometimes okay to make a lot of noise, but at other times one must be quiet.
Catalog Number: #4402177
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2008
Illustrator: Brown, Lisa,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-06-114015-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-114015-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2007041933
Dimensions: 21 x 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Little ones will easily relate to the sister and brother in this charmingly illustrated book, which pictures life as a series of little victories and little disappointments. The children get dressed: ("Sometimes you get to wear what you want. Sometimes you don't."); go to school ("Sometimes your friends want to do what you are doing. Sometimes they want to do something else."); and continue through the day. All too soon it's bedtime. "Sometimes you have to go right to sleep. . . " reads the text accompanying a picture showing the girl looking in on her sleeping brother. "But sometimes you don't," it continues, as the children read together in bed by flashlight. With the simplicity of Kevin Henkes' Kitten's First Full Moon (2004) and crisp white backgrounds á la Elisha Cooper, the cartoonlike art reflects the story nicely, using sharply outlined figures, minimal props, and bright colors for the kids and for the cat that follows them nearly everywhere.
Horn Book
Friendly ink and watercolor illustrations follow twins through a day of give and take. Simple text provides a succinct one-sentence analysis of each scene, whether it's an example of getting what you want or the opposite. Mick Jagger may not have been singing about having to wear a raincoat over your ballet costume, but the book successfully applies his can't-always-get sentiments.
School Library Journal
PreS-K Gary's concise text conveys an important life lesson about the need to balance fun, responsibility, and respect for others. As two siblings wake up, dress, and spend a day at school, they learn that sometimes they get what they want, but sometimes they don't. The examples are carefully tailored to speak to young readers: "Sometimes your friends want to do what you're doing. Sometimes they want to do something else," "Sometimes it's your turn. Sometimes you have to wait," or "Sometimes you get to make a mess. Sometimes you have to clean up." Appealing illustrations depict each scenario and keep the tone light. Background scenery, props, and adult characters are portrayed in black lines and white and gray shades, while the children are fully fleshed out with a variety of skin tones and bright-hued clothing. Whether the youngsters are glowing with happiness or scowling in frustration, their emotions are clearly portrayed. This story uses a simple approach to tackle big issues such as relationships with peers, acceptable social behaviors, and dealing with disappointment. A good choice for storytime, classroom use, and parent-child sharing. Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

Sometimes you get what you want.

Sometimes you don’t.

This is a book about those times.

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