In Betty Bunny Wants Everything by Michael B. Kaplan, illustrations by Stéphane Jorisch, the spirited bunny we first met in Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake,returns for a family outing to the toy store. As a special treat, each child is told that he or she can pick out one toy. But like any little kid, Betty Bunny wants more. In addition to the “little stuffed bunny that looked a lot like her,” Betty wants practically every toy in the toy store. When her older sister explains, “You can’t have everything you want,” she responds: “But I want everything I want.” Things really get out of hand when Betty Bunny fills the shopping cart to the point where it’s overflowing with toys she doesn’t even know what they are. All she knows is that “the little bunnies pictured on the boxes looked like they were having the most fun ever. Betty Bunny wanted to have the most fun ever.” Finally, when her mother scoops her up and takes her home without a toy, Betty has a full-out meltdown. At home, Betty Bunny continues to cry for attention and tries to enlist her father’s sympathy (“I have the meanest mommy in the whole world”). But her parents stand firm and come up with a solution that (sort of) teaches Betty about money and why you can’t have everything you want. The realistic emotions and humorous, snide comments from the older siblings make for an engaging tale with an important message.
Can you suggest other books that help kids learn to share and make do with less?
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