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Give and Take



written and illustrated by
Chris Raschka

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Atheneum
ISBN
9781442416550

Awards and Honors
PW’s Best Books of 2014, Picture Books
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

Give and Take, two little fellows whom a farmer encounters, offer opposite—and equally bad—advice about what to do with an abundance of apples and pumpkins. Full-color illustrations rendered in ink and watercolor.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

9" x 9"

Dewey

Fic

AR

3.3: points 0.5

Lexile

AD510L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

1

JLG Release

Nov 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Decision-making. Farmers. Apples. Pumpkins. Apple pie.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*

Horn Book

Take? Or give? As this multi-leveled fable dramatizes, neither is much good without the other. When a farmer sets out to harvest his apples, he is approached by a tiny little man named Take. “Take them,” the little man insists. “Take all of them. Take as many as you see.” So the farmer picks all his apples and exchanges them for a neighbor’s pumpkins, ending up with only a stringy pumpkin soup that neither he nor his dog wants to eat. After ousting Take, the farmer is accosted by Give. Soon he’s giving apples to another neighbor’s pigs, along with his (unsolicited) opinions (“on apples, apple trees, apple seeds, clouds, worms”). Fortunately, after Give and Take begin to fight with each other, the farmer thinks more wisely for himself: he trades some apples to a miller for flour, shares some sensible advice, invents apple pie, and reaps not only a tasty meal but also peace between the two antagonists (“‘Take my hand,’ said the one. ‘Give me a hug,’ said the other”). It’s rather an intricate path to a worthy truth, but each new turn is well earned in both the brisk, neatly honed text and the exuberant illustrations. Broad swashes of black ink define free-flowing forms splashed with vivid autumnal watercolors counterpointed with bold turquoise; the farmer’s pendulous red nose is a playful nod to Tomi Ungerer. Good fun for the little ones—plus something for their elders to discuss. joanna rudge long

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Take? Or give? As this multi-leveled fable dramatizes, neither is much good without the other. When a farmer sets out to harvest his apples, he is approached by a tiny little man named Take. “Take them,” the little man insists. “Take all of them. Take as many as you see.” So the farmer picks all his apples and exchanges them for a neighbor’s pumpkins, ending up with only a stringy pumpkin soup that neither he nor his dog wants to eat. After ousting Take, the farmer is accosted by Give. Soon he’s giving apples to another neighbor’s pigs, along with his (unsolicited) opinions (“on apples, apple trees, apple seeds, clouds, worms”). Fortunately, after Give and Take begin to fight with each other, the farmer thinks more wisely for himself: he trades some apples to a miller for flour, shares some sensible advice, invents apple pie, and reaps not only a tasty meal but also peace between the two antagonists (“‘Take my hand,’ said the one. ‘Give me a hug,’ said the other”). It’s rather an intricate path to a worthy truth, but each new turn is well earned in both the brisk, neatly honed text and the exuberant illustrations. Broad swashes of black ink define free-flowing forms splashed with vivid autumnal watercolors counterpointed with bold turquoise; the farmer’s pendulous red nose is a playful nod to Tomi Ungerer. Good fun for the little ones—plus something for their elders to discuss. joanna rudge long

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