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3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  343 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Have you ever had a toy you really really liked? Have you ever had a lot of toys you really really liked?

Have you ever said "MINE!"?

If so, this book is for you!

Enjoy this adorable, playful, picture-based book about two very young children and an adorable dog navigating the troubles and triumphs of sharing.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Lisa Vegan
Dec 26, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: very young children, particularly ages 2-4 & for discussing sharing
A dog and two toddlers, and not sharing and sharing is the scope of this virtually wordless picture book. The word mine is included many times, but this is otherwise a story told through pictures.

It’s very cute and definitely accurately captures the play and toy possessiveness of most very young children. The dog was so funny and I was amused by the entire account. The dog’s exuberance, and that of the children, is a joy to behold.

This story is suitable for the youngest child, and might be a ter
Dec 14, 2011 Carolynne rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The lively, humorous illustrations (digital pencil sketches) carry the story in this nearly wordless picture book. The two toddlers and the puppy in the story have a wonderful time, and you will, too.

Dec 23, 2015 Amelia rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
This one I don’t think went over so well during story time. They sat and they listened as I tried to narrate this nearly wordless picture book about a set of toddlers and a dog learning how to share. The pictures were too soft and pastel and insubstantial and I think everyone was just a little lost by the plot, as in so what that the dog and babies were playing with toys and romping in the water bowl. I don’t think it was the favorite of the night. Probably much better received if read one-on-on ...more
Tina Andrade
Oct 06, 2014 Tina Andrade rated it liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Crum, S. (2011). Mine! New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

-Starred Review Publishers Weekly 2011.
-Starred Review Kirkus Reviews 2011.
-Starred Review School Library Journal 2011.
-School Library Journal, Best Books of the Year, 2011.
-SCBWI Crystal Kite Award winner, 2012.


This is an adorable little book as far as wordless books go, but I am biased to books with only pictures. I personally am just not a fan. However, this story clearly illustrates a young child acting out because she thinks absolut
Jul 29, 2011 Alyson rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Very cute, very funny book about sharing(or not) and first friends. I love that we are down on the floor with the toddlers and only see the adults from the knees down.
Juliana Lee
Two children are put down to play on the floor with a pile of toys. The older child removes everything from the younger child's reach. However, he inadvertently leaves behind on very special toy which the younger child gets a hold of and throws across the room. The toy lands in the dog's dish and becomes his toy. Soon all the toys accidentally end up in the dog's dish and the two children have fun tossing wet, soggy toys into the air. The dog runs around collecting all the toys. The older child ...more
Cheryl Rainfield
Dec 04, 2012 Cheryl Rainfield rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a book I’ve been meaning to review for a while; I first read it as a hardcover picture book and fell in love with it. I recently got the board book as well, and fell in love with it all over again.

In Mine, a toddler who has trouble with sharing learns not only to share, but to make friends–with both the baby and the dog.

This delightful picture book is almost wordless; the only two words that appear are “mine” and “woof” (from the dog).
Shutta captured the childlike joy of play and copying
Brunette Librarian
Apr 27, 2012 Brunette Librarian rated it really liked it
For a book that only has two words, "Mine" is a delightful telling of two siblings, their dog, and an argument over their toys. Of the two words, I bet you can't figure out which one plays an important role in the story! (Insert grin here!)
It's a tale as old as time. Sharing. It isn't easy, it isn't fun, but we all must do it. In this tale by Shutta Crum, two siblings have to learn this lesson the hard way. When the baby reaches for a toy, the toddler grabs it away and tells him, "Mine!" The s
Lauren Fogg
Jan 31, 2013 Lauren Fogg rated it liked it
Shelves: concept-book
Two young children are playing with toys. The older, a little boy, begins collecting the toys as he informs the other child, which I am to assume is his baby sister, that those toys belong to him. The little boy even takes the ball away from the dog and exclaims "Mine!" Eventually a stray toy makes it's way into the hands of the baby sister who gives the toy a toss. It lands directly into the dog's water bowl. The little boy witnesses this and a moment later, dumps all the toys into the water di ...more
Cierra Henderson
May 28, 2016 Cierra Henderson rated it liked it
This is a very short worded book about a little kid who believes that everything is her's and refuses to share. It is very simple and for younger children. The illustrations are very washed out with not a lot of lines to them. I think little kids will find it funny because they can relate to the burden of having to share and just wanting to yell at everyone to leave their stuff alone!
Traci Bold
Mar 07, 2016 Traci Bold rated it really liked it
Shutta Crum and Patrice Barton tell such a poignant story with only one or two words. The illustrations are brilliant as they move the story along and tell a sweet and fun story.

The collaboration between author and illustrator is well thought out and carefully executed.

Enjoy the illustrations as they really are fantastic.

Published by Alfred A. Knopf.
Definitely appreciated this one after four or five times going through it to make sure I was seeing everything in the pictures. There's a really nice sequencing of events here, endpaper-to-endpaper, showing how you get from a nice clean kitchen with a tidy pile of toys to a sopping mess. (One thing falls in the water, all the things must fall in the water; toddler pats the dog and says, "Mine!", so the baby tackles the toddler and says, "Mine!")

I'm not sure it's a baby or young toddler book, des
Apr 09, 2015 Colette rated it really liked it
Fun little book to share with the youngest children. PreK participated in this story which I pared with Fandango Stew by David Davis. Sharing is a huge thing for little kids, waiting turns, offering what you have to others is a milestone in every young child's life. Sweet little book, another one, without the pictures, it would be flat.
Feb 07, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
Two siblings, one a toddler, one a little bit older, lay claim to all the toys in their dominion, and when the family dog gets in on the action, the little one ends up toddling over to his big sister and claiming her for his own with a big, "Mine!" The double-page spread that shows him crouching and then slowly, painstakingly, standing on his own two feet before flopping on his surprised sister is quite clever and realistic. The endpapers showing the two family members reaching out to each other ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
The toddler picks up toys scattered around the feet of the two children and announces firmly, “Mine.” The baby grabs one remaining toy and tosses it into the air where it lands in the dog’s water bowl with an enormous splash. The toddler picks up all the toys and tosses them into the water bowl. The dog collects all the wet toys and gathers them up in a heap under himself, announcing, “Woof?” The toddler pats the dog’s head, saying, “Mine!” The baby, falteringly, stands, walks a few steps, and t ...more
Lynn  Davidson
Mar 06, 2016 Lynn Davidson rated it liked it
A sweet simply stated book with few words. It shows just what it feels like to be that child who wants everything to play with and not share ... until something changes things. Nice.
Sandy (S.L.) Carlson
Aug 22, 2014 Sandy (S.L.) Carlson rated it it was amazing
Can an author write a book using only one word? I can answer that in one word: YES.

Cute story line, although this is nearly a wordless tale.

Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers.
Jun 29, 2015 Naomi rated it did not like it
A wordless book that focuses on the failure to share whether it be kid, baby or dog. While this book had some cute illustrations, I thought the target audience might miss it.
Sep 23, 2011 Kirsten rated it it was ok
This 'easy reader' follows two toddlers and their dog as they learn how to share.

The Easy reader can be concerned great or horrible it depends on what you are looking for your pre-reader to get from a book. This book, I feel, would not be very useful for most pre-readers. There are only two words used in the story: "mine" and "woof". Therefore this book would not be very useful as a bed time story. Also the pictures are not clearly or sharply painted. So it could be hard for younger readers to
Katie Fitzgerald
I think the great thing about this book is that kids who can talk can tell the entire story themselves, without any help from an adult. Everything they see in the illustrations is something they can likely name, and the story is something they can relate to, so it would be easy for them to put their own words to the pictures. The facial expressions and body movements of both the children in the story also make for some laugh out loud funny moments, and really portray all the mischief and movemen ...more
Aug 25, 2015 Alice rated it liked it
Two words...Mine an Woof! Thrilling (sarcasm) Cute, silly, and poor dog. My thoughts through the whole book "where is their parents"
Mar 06, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it
A nearly wordless book with sweet illustrations that tells the story of two siblings learning how to play together.
BillyAnn Stempel
This book is about a young boy who is very attached to his toy. He is always running around saying "Mine!". He has a dog and a little brother who try to get their share of time with the toy but he insists that it is his.

Illustrations appear to be done in watercolor and pen.

I think this book could be used for very young readers or as a read aloud for those who aren't yet reading. Outside of this setting though I do not see this book as a super educational piece. I was not the biggest fan of this
Jun 29, 2014 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Very simple story that reflects a little one. The pictures are what make the book.
Feb 23, 2016 Marcos rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dog
Every time she said mine, she would take away a toy from her baby sister.
Oct 12, 2011 Janie rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Language-learning studies show that birth order influences what word sets and types are in children's first working vocabulary. Younger siblings tend to be more likely to use "mine" sooner. Perhaps not surprisingly, they generally seem to have more of a habit of verbalizing when claiming territory.

I was hoping for the book to be an illustration of this, intended or not, as I knew before coming to it that "mine" is Mine's only word (besides one stray "woof").

On first reading I thought I didn't ge
Feb 06, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it
A very cute, humorous story that captures beautifully that feeling of possessiveness kids (and some adults!) feel about their toys, especially with a new little sibling in the house. The nuances of the story are almost entirely in the illustrations (the repeated word "Mine!" is really the only text) and Barton does a wonderful job. (I also loved her work in Sweet Moon Baby). The little dog is very cute, too, and I liked the resolution to the conflict.
Jul 23, 2015 Traci rated it it was ok
Cute for mommy. Boring for baby.
Fernando Morales
May 31, 2016 Fernando Morales rated it really liked it
This pretty much sums up my sons and daughter relationship.
Jan 14, 2014 Vitta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood
Замечательная книжка для деток 3-4 лет о том, что жадиной быть не хорошо и нужно учиться делиться с друзьями. Во всей книжке встречается только одно слово "МОЁ" и куча замечательных рисунков, из которых все становится ясно))))
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Shutta Crum, an award-winning writer of books for children and poetry for adults, is a storyteller and a retired youth librarian who was awarded the Mich. Library Assoc. Award of Merit as youth librarian of the year (2002). She is also an educator who taught writing at the high school and college level, and to third-graders under the auspices of the Mich. Council for the Arts. Currently her presen ...more
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