Peanut & Fifi Have a Ball by Randall de Seve

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If you’re looking for a book to start a conversation about sharing, I have just the book – and am willing to share it. If you don’t live nearby, check it out at your local library or bookstore. Peanut & Fifi are really cute and, without being heavy handed, make an effective and playful case for sharing. In Peanut and Fifi’s case, it’s a blue ball. Peanut has it and Fifi wants it. Peanut is totally fine holding on to her new round ball (that matches her dress and general shape), but Fifi is persistent.  She has imaginative ideas about how the two sisters can share the ball: Peanut “put on a sparkly cape and glued a silver star to her forehead.’ Where is my crystal ball?’ she asked in a funny voice.”  Peanut gives her a sister a straight answer: “Not here.”  But….just when you think it’s over and Fifi has given up, there’s a twist which, of course, results in a happy (and imaginative) solution.

Paul Schmid’s illustrations fit the story perfectly. The girls are distinguished by their shapes and and colors, and it’s awesome that they (and the controversial ball) float on the mostly white pages. There are no distractions to get in the way of the two main characters and their ball. The action – and the resolution – totally belong to the girls. A fun story time would be to read Peanut & Fifi Have a Ball along with Paul Schmid’s picture book, A Pet for Petunia. I think Petunia, who also floats on a clean white background, would be great friends with Peanut and Fifi and would have a few imaginative ideas of her own about how they could all share the ball!


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