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The Day No One Played Together: A Story about Compromise

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  33 reviews
For ages 3-9. . Jadyn and Genesis want to play together but neither one wants to play what the other wants to. What will they do? Will they be able to brainstorm and find a way to play together? Will they play alone? "The Day No One Played Together" teaches an important lesson in a fun way. Join these sisters in the first of their series.
Paperback, 26 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Mirror Publishing
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Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
This review consists of two parts: 1. My son's review (he's 5) and 2. My review (the Mom). These are excerpts. For the full review visit us at


What I liked and disliked about:

I liked all of the pictures and I liked the names of the girls. My favorite name was Jadyn because I have a best friend named Jaiden, but he’s a boy. If I was in the story, I would want to play with my sister. We like playing games together that we make up. I didn’t like how someti
Phyllis Griggs
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Day No One Played Together is a delightfully, entertaining book, full of beautiful illustrations which are sure to capture and hold your child's interest. Author Donalisa Helsley, owner of Wild About Reading did a exceptional job presenting the characters in a fun, loving way which both children and their parents are sure to relate to. Having two young daughters of my own, I appreciate the powerful message The Day No One Played Together delivers on the importance of compromise and was extrem ...more
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sisters Jadyn and Genesis want to play, but they can't decide what they should do on such a beautiful summer day. Each has a great idea but they don't want to play what the other wants. So they end up playing alone and it is, frankly, no fun. They try all morning to find something they can do together, but to no avail. It's not until their mom teaches them about the concept of compromise that they discover a valuable lesson. By working together to incorporate both of their ideas, they will be ab ...more
Leanne McGinty
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Jadyn and Genesis are sisters. Both sisters want to play but neither can agree on what to play. While playing separately they are bored and want to have fun with each other. When their mom introduces a new word, compromise, the girls begin to play together and have fun.

Older kids and younger kids like to play different things which is why compromise is so important. The author included a glossary at the end of the book to define some of the words. This is a great addition to the book and will he
Natasha Ferrill
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
“The Day No One Played Together” by Donalisa Helsley, is a story about learning to share, cooperate and compromise with one another. The two main characters, Jadyn and Genesis, are two sisters who have decided to play together on a beautiful summer day. Deciding to play together, however, was the easiest part of their day, as they soon realize their ideas for what to play seriously differ! Arguments ensue when Genesis wants to play in the dollhouse but Jadyn wants to play in the sandbox and agai ...more
Maranda Russell
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The new picture book, “The Day No One Played Together (A Story About Compromise)”, written by Donalisa Helsley and illustrated by Sarah Harkey, is a beautiful, funny story about learning to be a good playmate.

As any parent of two or more children could tell you, compromise is not a concept that comes naturally to most kids. In fact, I wish I had a dime for every time I heard two kids arguing about what they want to play, only to have them both stomp away mad. Of course, when this happens both ki
Darian Wilk
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
The Day No One Played Together is about two sisters, both wanting to play, and neither agreeing on what they should do. In a huff, they storm off in separate ways to play by themselves, but that isn’t any fun sitting by yourself with no one to talk to. Then Mom teaches them the word ‘compromise’, and soon the girls have lots of ideas of ways to play together.

This was a very sweet read with adorable illustrations. This is a perfect book for parents to introduce the idea of compromise to your chil
Desiree Rask
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“The Day No One Played Together” is a delightful story about compromise. This is a great lesson every kid should learn and is taught in a fun and uncomplicated way. The characters and story line is very realistic. The author Donalisa Helsley does a great job of explaining the concept of comprise in away that any child could grasp.

The story is about two sisters Jadyn and Genesis they want to play together, but they can not agree on what to play. Neither one wants to give in to the other so they a
Vivian Kirkfield
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Learning to get along with others is one of the most important skills we need to master if we want to live a happy and successful life. Ms. Helsley gives us the perfect picture book to assist parents and teachers as they try to encourage young children to learn this.

The beautiful illustrations by Ms. Harkey will engage children in this story about two sisters who want to play together...but each wants to play what she likes. When their mother notices their downcast mood during lunch, she inter
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review: A story about two sisters who decided to go outside and play. Both had a different ideal on what they would like to do. Genesis wanted to play in the playhouse while Jadyn wanted to build castles and make stuff in the sand. But neither one wanted to play what the other wanted to. In this book their mom did a great job teaching the children about learning how to come up with ideals on how to compromise. I think is fair to say that not only children can relate but adults too.

The message i
Trinity Rose
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is such a sweet book talking about children getting along and playing by compromising. Two girls each want to do what they want, but get bored and lonely, because her sister isn’t playing with her. It’s such a great lesson to teach children to do what they want, but involve the other sister also.
The book The Day No One Played Together teaches a great lesson, but also is easy to understand and very entertaining.
The pictures in this book are very beautiful and the expressions on their faces
Rute Canhoto
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Li “The Day No One Played Together” dia 20 de Janeiro de 2012 e dou-lhe 4 estrelas.
É um livro infantil direcionado para crianças entre os 3 e os 9 anos, de fácil compreensão e que ensina uma importante lição: podemos brincar ao que nós queremos e ao que os outros querem, chegando a um simples acordo. “Compromisso” é a ideia principal.
Esta é uma maneira divertida de ensinar as crianças a conviverem entre si, ultrapassando as suas divergências. É-lhes também aqui concedida a oportunidade de conhec
Vanessa Booke
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 6+
Review: The Day No One Played Together is a great story for children, ages 6 and up. I would highly recommend an adult to read the book, if reading for ages 5 and under. Although, most of the words are not too complex, there are a few that the author has highlighted at the end of the story to go over. Overall, I found this story unique and fun to read. Helsley touches on the great topic of compromise, a subject that often goes unnoticed in children's stories and at school. She does a wonderful j ...more
Nicole Storey
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The author of this book, Donalisa Helsley, is a wonderful person! She has a page on Facebook called Wild About Reading: Here, she works tirelessly to promote other authors of children and Middle-Grade books. She also runs contests, interviews, etc, so please check this page out!

I really enjoyed this book! First of all, the illustrations are darling! The two girls, Genesis and Jadyn, are very likable and the story is one that every child at some point in t
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed The Day No One Played Together, by Donalisa Helsley. It’s great because it is fun to read while also teaching kids about compromise. This is such an important lesson for kids to learn, but it can be very difficult to teach! In fact, some people never really learn the art of compromise, as we all know. Imagine if more people understood this from an early age—the world might be a much better place! I know from experience that many kids stop paying attention as soon as they think y ...more
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This is a wonderful book that should be read by parents first and then read to their child. The book tales the tale of Jadyn and Genesis and how they are taught the meaning of compromise, when neither of them wants to play what the other one wants to play. They are taught how to put their heads together to learn to come up with something that suits them both.

I thought it was beautifully written in a language that children can understand whilst teaching them about brainstorming and compromise. It
Raychelle Muhammad
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Day No One Played Together is a great story about the joys of compromise. Readers will discover how to find creative solutions to their disagreements (by brainstorming) from the story’s main characters, sisters Jadyn and Genesis. The girls want to play together, but have very different ideas about the games they want to play. Separately, they are miserable. As the day passes, they discover the true meaning of give-and-take. The story concludes with Jadyn and Genesis having lots of fun togeth ...more
Nicky Johnston
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
All children experience the frustration of not getting their own way, and this frustration can sometimes lead to them becoming very unhappy. This clever story not only shares this experience, but describes how it feels. In this book, two sisters are both determined to play the game they want, but can't agree, consequently missing out on having any fun. Donalisa, has cleverly explored the skill of compromise, giving examples of how it can be achieved to ensure everyone has fun playing together. I ...more
Big Kid Reaction: The events are very realistic without being over the top. Although the characters are girls, boys will also relate to the frustration of not playing what "they" want.

Pros: If you have siblings, keep this book handy! It will be very helpful in reminding kids of different ways to solve problems. It also has potential as a transitional reader for kids ready to read longer text passages.

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Marjorie 'mj'
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As a public school teacher and a therapist, I often find myself questioning how children in this era of technology are learning to navigate interpersonal relationships. At the heart of the story, is the valuable lesson of how compromise is both necessary and beneficial. Ms. Helsley presents this lesson of compromise in a manner that not only helps parents facilitate a discussion about the importance of positive social interaction, but also does so in a manner that the children will enjoy!~~ Marj ...more
Cherese A. Vines
Apr 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children 3-6
Shelves: children
This is the story of sisters Genesis and Jadyn who want to play together, but they don't want to play the same things. So the day is starting out horribly. But after talking with Mom, the girls soon discover that they both can have fun if they compromise. This is a cute little book. The illustrations by Sarah Harkey are vivid and colorful. The girls' facial expressions are very well done. The story itself is simple and clear. Although it was lacking in originality, it is a great starter book for ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is such an enjoyable book to read to kids. Teaching the art of compromise is often a hard thing to do with little ones, but author Donalisa Henlsley managed to do a great job of it with this story. It takes a very common situation that occurs, not only between siblings but most children, and turns it into a positive learning experience. Easy to follow and great illustrations, this book is a wonderful read for any child and I highly recommend it.
Mandi Tillotson
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute book that most any child can relate to. It was well written and the illustrations were wonderful too. :o) I read it out loud with my daughter and she loved it. It is not only a great story, it also teaches a valuable lesson that kids need in life... how to compromise with one another. I have three children and they can definitely learn from this book.
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story about compromise. Two sisters who don't play together until they learn the meaning of COMPROMISE.
Told in a beautiful manner. Wonderful illustrations. This book belongs in every daycare, preschool and kindergarten. I know some adults who may benefit from this story, as well! Very well written. 5 stars!
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Day No One Played Together is an excellent children's book with lively characters, wonderful illustrations, and an important message. I recommend this book to all children and parents looking to learn a little something about compromise.
Jena Ta
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I definitely think it will be useful especially because of what the overall message is and I love how you define those main terms. Those are the types of lessons and words I'd like to teach my clients. Thank you so much!
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-book
Wonderful explanation and unique illustrations. It can be challenging to teach children how to compromise but this story flowed smoothly while warming the heart. It also had a great price as it was free when I downloaded it to my kindle app.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
My children love these little books. They thoroughly enjoy each and every story, as if they are all unique and individual without any cause for similarity among them. Even though sometimes, they might seem tedious and repetitive to me as a parent, I do enjoy being able to read short-stories to my children that are clean and respective.
Karen Toz
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jadyn and Genesis are sisters who love to play and have big ideas. The problem is, they each have their own idea of what games to play. So instead of playing with each other, they play separately. But that turns out to be no fun at all. Then, their mom teaches them a new word ... compromise. They learn that when they put their heads together and brainstorm, they can come up with fun games that incorporate both of their ideas.

Author Donalisa Henlsley, does a wonderful job of explaining to young c
Victoria Beaudoin
I really liked this book! I had two brothers. I have one that is older than me and one that is younger and we had this problem sometimes and it brought me back to my childhood. I think everyone that has a sibling goes through this and it was funny to see that. The book was extremely relatable which is why I think I liked it so much!
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Donalisa is an award winning children's book author. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, David, her two daughters and son. She is Wild About Reading.
Donalisa has a Masters in Social Work. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and works as a family and children's therapist. She has worked in behavioral health with children and adolescents for over 15 years. Her mission is to encourag