Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
Discover the magic of sharing in this joyful picture book about the world of fairy godmothers, from award-winning author-illustrator team Samantha Berger and Mike Curato.
Meet Shari, the Sharey Godmother!
She loves to share! Whether it’s her seat on a rollercoaster, her tropical vacations, or candy from her candy jar, it makes her happy to see other people happy.
But some of the other fairy godmothers worry about Shari’s sharing. What is she getting back in return? So Shari tries NOT sharing and soon realizes that giving to others is a big part of what makes her who she is.
Bursting with color and magic, The Sharey Godmother reveals the joy of sharing for sharing’s sake and the power of generosity to make the world a more giving place.
About: The Sharey Godmother is a children’s picture book written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Mike Curato. It was recently published on 4/13/2021 by Imprint, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 40 pages. The genres are picture book, fantasy & magic, and fiction. This book was intended for readers ages 3 to 6. According to the publisher’s website, “Imprint is a publishing home for authors, illustrators and brands that fosters collaboration, finds ideas in unexpected places, and looks ahead to the future. Our goal is to work with our creators to make their mark in the world and in the lives of readers. Imprint publishes commercial fiction for ages 0-18, develops new intellectual property, and partners with existing brands to develop quality, original content. Imprint is a part of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Sharey Godmother for my 20 months old daughter on 5/13/2021 and finished it that same night. We have since read it again and studied through the illustrations a couple of times. My daughter loves to name the colors from the candy jar! This book has an excellent message for kids. Sharing and not expecting anything in return. Shari shared because it made her happy. She shared because she wanted to. The illustrations was unique, half picture and half drawings. From the book cover, you can see the cookies are real while the fairies are drawings. The glitter and the added pop of colors just grabbed our attention. I loved the diversity of the people in this story. I’m glad Shari put to the test, how she would feel if she stopped doing what she loved, which was to share.
This book followed Shari, a fairy who liked to do nice things for others. She left books for someone to find and surprised people with hot chocolate. She loves to share her lunch and snacks too if someone forgot to bring it. One day the other fairy godmothers questioned Shari that it’s unfair she didn’t receive as much back or if people will still be her friend if she didn’t share. The questions worried Shari and so she decided to stop sharing and caring. When she went down that path, she felt miserable. Her other friends brought her out of her misery by letting her know that it’s not the things she shared but it’s the time she got to spend with people.
The Sharey Godmother is a fantastic book for children. It has many examples of doing nice things for others. The story reminds kids that when they share, for example, an extra ticket to a concert, they will have a lot more fun than if they were to not share and went alone. The illustrations shows how happy people looked when Shari done them kindness. Shari also looks pleased with herself when she knows her actions made a difference like sharing her blanket with the baby bird. A colorful book to show kids that it’s perfectly fine to want to do good things for others without receiving much in return, I recommend this story to everyone!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: sharing, fairy godmothers, illustrations, colorful, diversity
About the Author and Illustrator:
Samantha Berger is the award-winning author of Crankenstein, What If…, The Great Big Poop Party, The Sharey Godmother, and over eighty books for young readers. She also writes cartoons and does voice-overs. Sam splits her time between New York City and sunny California. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
Mike Curato is the award-winning author and illustrator of the Little Elliot series and the graphic novel Flamer, and has illustrated a number of other books for children, including What If… (by Samantha Berger), Worm Loves Worm, and All the Way to Havana. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to MacKidsBooks for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.