“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Willems, Mo. Should I Share My Ice Cream? New York: Hyperion for Children, 2011.
Genre: Fiction, Beginner/Early Reader
Reading Level: 140L
Summary: This is one of many “Elephant & Piggie” books by Mo Willems. In this story, Elephant buys himself an ice cream cone on a very hot day. Just before he takes a bite, he grapples with whether or not he should share the ice cream with his friend, Piggie. He finally makes up his mind to share his cone just as he discovers it has all melted. When he finds Piggie, she has an ice cream cone that she offers to share with him, much to his surprise.
Rationale for Classroom Use: This story is about doing the right thing, so in the early grades, this might be a great book to use when talking about classroom rules, being friends, etc. Use this story as an opener to form a class list of rules, while at the same time identifying vocabulary geared toward early readers.
Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.