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Title: You Get What You Get (2012)

Author: Julie Gassman

Illustrator: Sarah Horne

Publisher: Scholastic


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:

‚Ė™Crabby Pants (2010)

‚Ė™Elanor Won’t Share (2012)

‚Ė™Lucielle Gets Jealous (2012)


Sarah Horne also illustrated:

‚Ė™Llama United (2017)

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