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Should I Share My Ice Cream?

(Elephant & Piggie #15)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  6,339 ratings  ·  547 reviews
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In Should I Share My Ice Cream? Gerald has a big decision to make. But will he make it in time?

Using vocabulary that is perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Hyperion Books for Children
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Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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But so will Gerald?

He is surrounded by dubiety.

Shall he or shall he not share the ice cream with Piggie !

" Perhaps in their teenage, Gerald and Piggie will share food more often - not because of maturity - but rather to check if it's poisoned. "

Regardless this teenage version would be another hit, as is the case with Mo. Touches only gold !

The cuteness with which his incertitude and subsequent decision making follows is a hallmark of Mo Willems.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elephant and Piggie is a wonderful series that Neo has grown to love over the last few weeks. In this piece, Gerald purchases an ice cream for himself on a hot day. While walking home, he wonders if he ought to have purchased an ice cream for his best friend, Piggie. He struggles to decide if sharing his ice cream is in his best interest and whether Piggie would even want a lick or two. Extrapolating this, Gerald struggles to determine if sharing his ice creams might buoy Piggie’s spirits afte ...more
Sophia Triad
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Gerald learns how to share.
We all know how hard is for toddlers and KG children to learn how to share.
This book can start a very useful dialogue with your kid about the importance of sharing.
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Sharing is something everyone in our family struggles with and food is no exception. Willems does a wonderful job of showing the different sides to sharing, from the benefits to the guilt. The attractively simple illustrations makes this appropriate for all ages. If you're looking for a good beginner's reading book, this is a solid level 1 reading that any kid will enjoy. Watching the tension build as the ice cream begins to melt and the elephant struggles with his conscience is amusing and some ...more
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the Piggie & Elephant books, probably way more than I should considering I’m a senior in highschool. But the simple stories with their engaging plotlines and dear comradery pull on my heart and capture my imagination beautifully. In Should I Share My Ice Cream, Gerald is faced with the moral dilemma of sharing vs. simply enjoying the pleasure of a whole cone on a hot day himself. He goes back and forth, finally deciding that Piggie would do the same for him and might even be longing for i ...more
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Elephant & Piggie Book

عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال:
“لا يُومن أحدكم حتى يحب لأخيه ما يُحب لنفسه”
“One is not a true believer until he wishes for others what he wishes for himself.”
― Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon him

Kiah Ballard
I think Gerald and Piggie's friendship is a good example of how children can treat their friends in the classroom. This book is great to spark up discussions about sharing. After reading this book I would ask the children what are some of the ways Gerald could have shared his ice cream with piggie. ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Ice cream is my favorite thing. I was able to relate to the intense personal conflict felt by Gerald.
Kylie Psaila
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-books
Such a great short story to introduce children on how to share and that sharing is caring. I will definitely read this to the children in class.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is hardly realistic the elephant spends way too long trying to figure out if he should share his ice cream with the pig. To any person, it is very clear that he shouldn't, as we can assume that he paid for his ice cream, which means he deserves it. Also, elephants can eat up to 200-600 pounds of food per day. While some pigs eat even more than this amount, elephants are much more selective about their food. Looking at the background of the book, we can come to the conclusion that food ...more
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-readers
Should I Share My Ice Cream? (Elephant and Piggie) by Mo Willems is another entry in the popular beginning reader series about two excitable, enthusiastic best friends.

Should I Share My Ice Cream? is just what beginning readers need, a funny book with repetition, large varied type, and funny illustrations. It's a book about friendship that kids will enjoy (and parents will enjoy reading and laugh at too.) I love Gerald's small print comment "I blew it". Gerald's sudden realization that "That wa
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this during story time to two coworkers in hopes that some kids would appear. We just changed the day for story time. My coworkers enjoyed the book even though they were adults and I suspect one may buy it for her grandchildren. Elephant is trying to decide whether to be generous or greedy with his ice cream until the inevitable happens. Then Piggie enters the story in a reversal of what Elelphant had imagined while trying to decide what to do. Really delightful, apparently for most ages!
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The existential crisis Gerald is obviously experiencing on this excellent cover, reminiscent of "The Thinker," is nothing short of hilarious. #firstworldkidproblems

This series continually exceeds expectations.
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
it was a great book. elephant was SO funny like when he though about piggy and the ice cream wile it melted.
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gerald has the best of intentions regarding sharing his ice cream, but in the end, it’s Piggie who saves the day
this is a great fluency book that is very interesting.
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Elephant and Piggie books rarely disappoint and this one is no exception. The language is simple and repetitive and carefully placed against the grey background of speech bubbles. The rest of the page is full of white space and Elephant trying to decide whether or not he should share his very favorite ice cream with his very best friend. When the inevitable happens, what with all the dancing and gesticulating and torturous decision making, the surprise ending leaves everyone - readers, listeners ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just a quick note. I’m a 49 year old educator. In my free time after work I read a lot. I read for pleasure and I read professionally. For the past 6 weeks I’ve dug deep into the school’s library to explore children’s literature. This has been rewarding and enlightening and it has helped me to better understand the young minds of my students. I’ve read about 125 books so far and I have hundreds more to go. I usually brew tea, play some light music in the background and kick back. Willems stuff i ...more
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Can Mo Willems write a bad book? So far the answer remains no, he can't. This one finds Gerald asking himself a very important question: Should I Share My Ice Cream? Gerald being Gerald, he overthinks things with not so great results. Fortunatly Piggy arrives to save the situation. Sweet and perfect for summer, you will enjoy this book, no matter your age. ...more
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Elephant and Piggie are always a win with the littles. In Should I Share my Ice Cream, Elephant learns a valuable lesson about sharing with his friends in a fun way that had my storytime laughing. They especially loved the part where Elephant bemoans his melted ice cream with a drawn out, "NOOOOOOO". ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ice cream is pretty hard to share. But these cuties manage it, in a unexpected way! I think that one of the reasons that this series is so popular is because we don't always predict exactly what's going to happen. Also the fonts that say so much about how to read the text are just funny.

(What a delight to find a new-to-me episode in the series after all this time. :)
Christine Grant
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
January 2018
Eating/Food Story Time. Elephant has some ice cream. Should he share it with his best friend Piggy? He just can't decide...

June 2018
Still a winner with preschoolers.

July 2018
Ice Cream Story Time.

July 2019
Ice Cream Story Time
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sharing is hard. Really hard. There's always that part deep down that wants to hog EVERYTHING! So, when Gerald gets some ice cream (from the Ice Cream Penguin) he has an existential quandary about whether or not he should share it with his bestest buddy or just eat it all himself.

It's rare that Gerald gets center stage to this degree, and a brilliant monologist he is. It's a great example of why he and Piggie are so good for each other in terms of how they balance each other out. Imagine if Gerald were left to his imagination ALL the time....!! ...more
Sadia Mansoor
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Sharing an ice cream is not at all easy but in friendship, everything can be done ^_^

Love the friendship between these two :)
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"! That was not my plan. Oh, well... This works too."
SurLeFur ©
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Students in our classroom seen this hardcover at the school book fair this afternoon and after reading it they ask “can we act out the story?” Is it better to get or to give? Let’s see what happens.
Ben McEwan
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable read. Decided not to share my ice cream...
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Ice cream is good!
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