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Mine. Yours.

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  53 reviews
A sweet and funny story about sharing, friendship and belonging.

When Little Panda startles Big Panda awake inside his den, Big Panda crankily declares, “Mine.” Then he puts Little Panda outside, “Yours.” When he still won’t leave, Big Panda offers Little Panda a kite. Which delights him! Until the kite’s tail starts annoying the other animals in the forest by sweeping up
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Kids Can Press
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I appreciate what was trying to be conveyed here; I don't think there were enough words to do so successfully.
The illustrations are absolutely lovely!
I would have liked more detail in the writing so as to convey a more positive look at sharing.
The overuse of mine, yours and ours without any further reasoning gave this a bit of a negative feel.

Thank you NetGalley and Kids Can Press for this DRC.
Mel (Epic Reading)
May 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Is there a current fad for children's books that don't have any content or words? I'm clearly missing the boat on what the appeal is. While the illustrations are nice enough there are literally three words in this book: mine, yours, ours. And yes it teaches children the concept of property and sharing; but three words is just not enough for me. Were this a board book for babies, maybe. But it's a children's book and for me I need a lot more content to go on. I also think all the children I know ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one! As a preschool teacher I am constantly hearing the kids say, “Mine, Mine, Mine!”
Through beautiful illustrations the children can follow along with this simple story of two giant pandas. The younger panda wanders upon the giant panda sleeping and he is not in the mood to share his cave, so he offers the young panda a kite to entertain him out in the forest. The kite and young panda disrupt the forest as they come in contact with many animals shouting the same thing to the young
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Maybe too minimalistic for me. This three word books, even if it was beautifully illustrated, didn't grip me in anyway. Yes there's a message about sharing with others, but... again too minimalistic, not enough story. Not my style!
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 21st-century
Advance copy
La Coccinelle
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Mine. Yours. features a bunch of cranky Asian critters who have no patience and have never learned to share. When Little Panda is given a kite by Big Panda (presumably to get the kid out of his hair), the little one goes and tries to fly it. But he ends up disturbing all the other creatures in the forest, wrecking their games, knocking them off their perches, and just being a general nuisance. Little Panda doesn't really mean any harm, but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise by the way ...more
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

I wasn't a fan of Mine. Yours. I thought the older panda set a bad example for the younger panda. He was selfish, possessive, and uncaring. The little panda asked for food and was given a tiny portion compared to what the larger panda hoarded for himself. I dislike the message it sends to children, because
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Having young grandchildren, "Mine" is a word I hear a lot. This beautifully illustrated book uses only three words to get a message across, Mine, Yours and Ours. When Little Panda encroaches on Big Panda's home and food, he very directly points out mine and yours to him. While playing with his new kite, Little Panda has issues controlling it and is told over and over "Mine" as he gets too close and disrupts others. As all the animals get tied up in the string, Big Panda rescues them and they ...more
This was cute - very busy illustrations, not a lot of words - a good exercise in visual storytelling and attention.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How do you get from pointing out... this is mine... that is yours... and now let's enjoy... ours together? Can that transition be made so everyone is happy?

Big Panda is nestled in his den when Little Panda randomly wanders inside and declares... " Ours? " Oh my, Big Panda is not amused and definitely is in no mood to share. He emphatically says.... "Mine." He then exits with Little Panda and plunks him on a rock outside and says... "Yours." My, he is quite cranky isn't he?

The following morning
Lea Beddia
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mine. Yours. is a tale told through beautiful artwork. Little Panda keeps getting his kite tangled in other animals' business and they don't appreciate it. They send him away, but not before they make clear what is theirs. "Mine," they all say about their possessions. All little panda wants is someone to play with and is willing to share his kite with anyone Eventually, little panda, and the rest of the animals learn the importance of sharing and cooperation. With only a handful of words, this ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
As clear evidence that less can be more, this book offers three words and three words alone in its script. A young panda's misadventures with and without a kite turn into a really quite charming tale of cooperation, in a way that's a lot more dramatic than similar moral-giving tales I've seen for this audience. Lovely illustrations, too – although you have to turn to the notes to find out what some of the other animals are actually doing. To save you time, the monkey is playing keepy-uppy with a ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful. All of the animals are from Asia so it can be used to extend the children's knowledge of more animals.

A lovely book about sharing, learning that it doesn't have to be just mine or yours, some things can be ours.There are not many words in the story so it completely relies on the pictures to tell the story which is lovely.

I would use this book with children aged 1-5 years.
Teresa Grabs
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Arnold's simplistic story only has two words: Mine and Yours, but Lang's wonderful illustrations tell the tale of two giant pandas and a wayward kite. A young giant panda stumbles upon an older, grumpier giant panda and wants to share his cave, but the older panda wants nothing to do with the youngster, so he gives him a kite. The kite takes him through the forest as he discovers other Chinese animals. In the end, everyone discovers it is more fun to share than say "Mine."

Thank you to Kids Can
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of the book. With minimal text, (three words) this book is a great addition for the youngest audience. The book does a great job with its illustrations showing what happens when lines are blurred between "mine" and "yours"" Little panda faces lots of cranky faces and reminders of the "mine" and "yours" concept. Fortunately, the book introduces a third word - "ours." Cooperation, messiness and a sweet display of warmth and friendship ...more
joyce w. laudon
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This story book has amusing, whimsical illustrations and a simple text. The young Panda is learning about what he can and cannot have. There is an adventure with a kite and a chance to move away from mine and yours to ours. At the back of the book, there are notes about the animal breeds that are featured in the story. It will be a cute addition for a young child's bookshelf.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and Kids Can Press for this ARC.

This lightly-worded book includes a lovely message and some absolutely gorgeous art! Will recommend.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We really enjoyed reading this book. It was simple, with beautiful illustrations. I like the lesson it taught. I would recommend.
Lizz Martensen
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Here is the story of Little Panda, A curious little guy who stumbles across big panda's den and wants to stay. Although, Big Panda isn't in the mood for company.

The good: this picture book is beautiful! The illustrations are enchanting and I'd love to share them with my storytime attendees because we all love a beautifully illustrated story.

The bad: I feel like this story misses the opportunity to give us a moral. Through the course of the book the characters are kind of rude to each other -
Lisa Day
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Love the illustrations by Qin Leng. I like more words in my picture books, but the message is great - sense of belonging, friendship and sharing.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Little Panda soon learns that everything is either mine or yours. His frustrated father shows Panda his kite and shoos him out the door. As he flies his kite he encounters other animals in the forest that greedily announce mine as he stumbles over their homes and possessions. In the end everyone is connected and so it all becomes ours. A charmingly illustrated story to engage children in the conversation of sharing and friendship.
Amanda Sanders
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The only words in this book are the words from the title and one more. It relies on the illustrations to tell the story. The illustrations are beautiful but I am not sure why everyone is so angry and greedy to start and what exactly made them all change.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
A children's book with only three words, mine, yours and ours. I loved the illustrations, but the story not as much. The Giant Panda and the other animals were all so selfish and not wanting to share. I felt so bad for the little Panda, everyone was so angry at him, and he wasn't doing anything on purpose to upset their activities. It's very hard to get the point across with just three words, that sharing is more fun. This book just wasn't my cup of tea.
Edward Sullivan
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Lovely pen and ink and watercolor illustrations and a minimalist text in this story touching upon sharing and inclusiveness.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Big Panda sends Little Panda off with a kite on an adventure of what's mine and what's yours. The journey begins with trouble and ends in friendship. I loved the illustrations in this book. Immerse yourself fully into the story and you will find it reads like a live cartoon rather than a children's book. I felt for Big Panda, just trying to guide Little Panda in life. Poor Little Panda just trying to figure out things as all small children do. All of the little creatures in the book also trying ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
There are only three words in this picture book, 'mine', 'yours' and 'ours' so the illustrations really have to work hard to tell the tale and do this beautifully well. I love all the little details in the pictures, the books on big panda's sagging bookshelves and the toadstools in other images for example. Unfortunately big panda doesn't give a very good impression of adults with his selfish behaviour but it's lovely how the community of animals comes together in the end and learns that 'ours' ...more
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mine. Yours. by Marsha Diane Arnold & Qin Leng is a book of few words, letting the artwork tell most of the story. Little Panda has wandered into Big Panda's den. After trying to get Little Panda to leave, Big Panda gives him a kite. Little Panda runs off to play with the kite. In the process, he tangles up several jungle residents in the kite string.

I read this with my cubs and we all enjoyed it! The art is just gorgeous! It's a simple story with a deep lesson on both boundaries- mine vs
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I am reviewing this book for Marsha Diane Arnold, and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest review

A lovely book to share with very few words and delightful ink and watercolour pictures to go alongside.
*thank you to Netgalley and Kids Can Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

3 stars.

I really thought I'd love this. Unfortunately I had a few issues. I didn't like the way Big Panda came across as mad. He seemed harsh and I know the author and illustrator ment for him to be, but for me it was a turn off. I dont think kids will like seeing that but I could be wrong. Another thing was that I found the text to be confusing. Now I know that sounds silly as there is basically
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
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Called a “born storyteller” by the media, Marsha Diane Arnold is a picture book author of 21 books, with over one million books sold. Her books have garnered honors from Best First Book to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Smithsonian Notable and won state book awards. Her more recent books include Houghton Mifflin’s WAITING FOR SNOW,illustrated by Renata Liwska, and Roaring Brook Press’ LOST. ...more
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