Title: You Get What You Get (2012)
Author: Julie Gassman
Illustrator: Sarah Horne
Our first book feature for Teaching Values Tuesday is, You Get What You Get. This book will open up the conversation with children about the values of gratitude and appreciation. The main character in this book is Melvin, and Melvin is not a happy camper if he does not get his way. Some of us may have a Melvin in our household or know of a Melvin! Melvin’s mom tended to coddle and apologize to Melvin for any inconvenience not getting his way caused him. But at school Melvin’s teacher laid down the law! “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.” So Melvin towed the line at school, but when he got home he let it all out!…Until one day, Melvin let the school rule secret slip at home. Things were different at home from then on!
How we wish lessons were learned as quickly as they are in the books we read to children. Within a few turns of the pages you have a whole new kid! Real life unfourtunately does not quite work that way! Changing children’s negative behavior to a more positive one is a process that takes time and differs for each child. Raising grateful children who are appreciative and who do not feel a sense of entitlement can be difficult in this day and age but it can be done… if not one page at a time, then one day at a time!
My favorite line in this book: “Home and school, that’s the rule!”
3 other books by Julie Gassman:
▪Crabby Pants (2010)
▪Elanor Won’t Share (2012)
▪Lucielle Gets Jealous (2012)
Sarah Horne also illustrated:
▪Llama United (2017)