All for Me and None for All
By : Helen Lester & Lynn Munsinger
Publisher : HMH Books for Young Readers ( Originaly published in April, 2012)
Selfish and greedy Gruntly is a hog who doesn't want to share anything but to keep everything for himself. And he doesn't stop at that as he grabs fleece from Woolworth the sheep and snatches feathers from Cluck, for the poofiest pillows he says.And what`s more he even collects "illegal flowers." "What a Hog! / Snorted Hampshire, Berkshire and Yorky"
Gruntly is certainly a greedy pig who wants everything of everyone to himself. Until when a treasure hunting was organised for Saturday, Gruntly couldn't wait for the event. His excitement was not to have fun with his friends but to grasp everything first and all for himself .
In his hurry to find all treasures he misses some clues. And fails to find any. But his thoughtful friends didn't leave him with nothing as they knew how to share. Grunty in the end learns a valuable lesson for life.
A little exaggerated though the author catches two for one through Grunty`s extreme negative characteristics. By integrating humor she ensures that the kids will thoroughly enjoy this "laugh out loud" story with it`s funny eye catching water colour images. The message about kindness and sharing is very direct. Good as a classroom read-aloud.