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It's nice to see diversity represented in a children's book, with illustrations of children in color and names that aren't your basic Mary and John. The story is presented so wonderfully as it describes a typical household of two sisters who each wants to play something different and when one doesn't get her way, the girls separate to play alone. But as we all know, playing alone isn't nearly as much fun as having someone to play with. In these days where our children are becoming more and more computer and technology literate at the expense of social interaction, it's good to see a book for children that teaches them how to compromise to get along. It's an especially important message for little girls because they don't get the team sports experience as much as little boys do and girls sometimes have a harder time learning to get along and share. It's a cute little book that can be read to a child or that a child would read by himself.
Reviewed by Lori M for Readers Favorite http://readersfavorite.com/review

What I really liked about The Day No One Played Together is the creative and natural way the two sisters, with the guidance of Mom, work out the solution to their problem. Young readers will adapt this attitude and resolution for themselves and be sure to carry it over to their play. Jadyn and Genesis are likeable characters that kiddos can relate to--and who doesn't have children that sometimes can't play together? I'm looking forward to more from this author.
Lisa Barker http://biblioreads.blogspot.com

I absolutely LOVE this book! And I am almost 12 :) Some might think this book is for smaller ones, but it really helps with my sister, (Selah 8) and we love reading it to my other sister (Veiyah 3) This book has so many awesome things about it...I love the concept of the characters being her kids, amazing pictures throughout the book, I love all the details! I really encourage everyone to purchase a copy and read this book to your younger AND older kids! I love this book for 2 reasons, this happens to EVERYONE! And, it teaches kids to try something together:) Thank you for the chance to read this:)
Madi

As a one time children's librarian and media specialist, issue books can often be great for a child to read on their own but less enjoyable to share with a whole group. I remember the frustration of trying to read a book to a whole class to address a specific topic and the boring story, artificial children, or a text simply not designed for reading aloud. How often I wished for a book that was a good story and reflected real children as it communicated a value. This delightful new book by author Donalisa Helsley and illustrator Sarah Harkey, is both. The Day No One Played Together communicates in clear kid-friendly language about the concept of compromise and does so within the frame work of a meaningful story kids will not just tolerant but enjoy! The artwork is soft but strong and clear without being too cute and recognizes the growing diversity of the homes of the 21st century in its depiction of a multiracial family group. Strongly recommended for kindergarten through third or fourth grade collections for storytime or family reading.
Marilyn A. Hudson, MLIS, http://childsizedstories.blogspot.com

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 Helsley 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.
Jen W.

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 you are about to try to teach them something, but this book makes it interesting and presents the idea from a kid's point of view, so they can totally relate. It allows them to see how compromising benefits them and does not come across as being a "lesson;" instead, it is an entertaining and engrossing story. I am already reading it to my 10-month-old son and he loves to listen and point to the different characters. I know we will be reading and enjoying this book together for years to come!
Olivia Edmonds

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!
Donna Lawrence, http://kidsnbooksdonna.blogspot.com/

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 are so real. The author uses her girl's names in the book and I bet she got the plot of this story from her own girls. This book teaches you can have fun playing what you like, but it is so much more fun if you have someone to share in your fun. I'm glad to have this book to teach my grandson and further grandchildren what compromising is all about. A wonderful teaching tool, but also very interesting.
Wanda Chamberlain, http://thelifeandtimesofwanda.blogspot.com

Author Donalisa Helsley, does a wonderful job of explaining to young children the importance of being able to compromise and share, in this lovely picture book. I love how the mom thinks of an example of compromise but then engages the children to think of something on their own, thus introducing another new vocabulary word, "brainstorming." Having the glossary section in the back is a great idea and helps to promote understanding of the words. The illustrations by Sarah Harkey are adorable and sweet. They are the perfect touch to this wonderful story. As a mom, I love picture books that send a strong message, and The Day No One Played Together does not disappoint. The message is clear and the pictures will keep your child wanting to see more. A great book for young children.
Karen Pokras toz, Author or Nate Rocks The World, www.karentoz.com

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. This is the lesson that the main characters in this book, Jadyn and Genesis, learn as they spend a lonely day playing by themselves. This is a great story for children, especially siblings or friends who lack the skills for cooperative play. The illustrations are beautifully done, presenting a familiar family setting that children everywhere will be able to relate to. As a parent, I loved the fact that the author used her own children's names and likenesses for the main characters. Knowing that Genesis and Jadyn are real kids adds an element of intimacy to the story. Overall, this book is one I would recommend for any children who still enjoy a good pict ure book story.
Maranda Russell, http://marandarussell.com/

"I can say without a doubt that this is a book all children should read again and again. As a professional social worker, I can attest to how important the concept of compromise is within our family settings, at work, and really in every aspect of our daily lives. This book will help children learn, understand, and appreciate this! Great job!"
Carla Groves, MSW

"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 Plays Together delivers on the importance of compromise and was extremely impressed how the book explains to children what it means to compromise. Not only will children learn the value of compromising, they will be looking forward to an opportunity to practice what they've learned with their friends or siblings. This book is a "MUST HAVE" and will be A GREAT addition to any home library."
Phyllis Griggs founder of Bob Beetle Bug Book

"As a public school teacher and a therapist, I often find myself questioning how children in this era of techonolgy 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!"
Marjorie Simon, MSW, Public School Teacher

"...As a mom, I appreciate books that teach children valuable lessons and also contain a fun and interesting storyline. Children and adults will respond pleasantly to this book. It is an enjoyable story that creates a dialogue between parents and children about how to compromise. This is a perfect book for any children's home library. It also would be a great addition to a school or preschool environment."
Desiree Rask, www.butterflyreaders.com

"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 am sure all children will identify with this story! A lovely picture story book, with great illustrations!"
Nicky Johnston, author of "Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts!" and "Happythoughts are Everywhere" www.nickysart.com.au

"The Day No One Played Together is about two sisters who learn the meaning and how to compromise. This book has a great story about siblings who have different ideas of what to do with their time. Some things that really stand out for me are that the girls are multiethnic... Not only does their mom explain the meaning of compromise, she gives them an example, and then also asks them to come up with an idea... The illustrations are colorful and sweet, and this story could be a great way to start discussion about compromise."
Jasmine Rose Penter

"Donalisa has written a great story about a realistic situation that takes place in every household with siblings and every daycare and school, and in doing so, she has turned it into a fun lesson learned. Sarah Harkey's illustrations are colourful, charming and include unique borders on each page that add a special something to the entire book. An additional benefit of this book is the "New Words Definitions" page at the end, which lists three words that might be new to the readers' vocabulary. This makes for a great book for teachers who use word walls in the classroom and for children who are starting to read on their own. I look forward to reading more books in this series and am excited at the idea of the New Words Definitions in each book! This book is a wonderful addition to any home and school library and will inevitably teach kids about the benefits of compromise, and how playtime can be much sweeter when everyone has a say in how to play."
Natasha Ferrill, author of the Lemonman Series, www.thelemonman.com

"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 help the reader to expand their growing vocabularies. The illustrations are excellent, as you can see on the cover....There are many details for little ones to discover as they read the book.The most important part of the book is the message...Compromise doesn't mean choosing one or the other but the ability to do both things in a different way. The author has used creative thinking to make playtime easier on children and parents. It's a great story with fun illustrations that children are sure to enjoy."
Leanne McGinty, http://ahgooreview.com

"Learning about the value of compromise at a young age will give siblings the opportunity to see just how important it is to work together. Every family should have this book in their library and refer to it often as it is a book that can definitely be read more than once! However, the value of compromise taught in this book should not be limited to families. The message is universal and can easily be relatable in the classroom. That is why I believe this is a not only a great teaching aid for parents but for educators as well. Reiterating the concept in both settings will go a long way in teaching children how to be successful in all aspects of life."
Susan Dusterhoft, http://todaysworkingwoman25.blogspot.com

"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 job emphasizing the importance of compromise throughout the story by showing readers the difficulty Jadyn and Genesis encounter during playtime. The illustrations for the book are absolutely wonderful! Sarah Harkey did a wonderful job creating the world around the story. I really loved this book because it not only had beautiful illustrations to go with the writing but it had the overall package of a great children's book. I loved the fact that the characters Jadyn and Genesis are relate able to the way children act and react with others during playtime. I definitely plan on reading this to my children one day!"
Vanessa Bogie, http://www.boekiesbookreviews.com




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