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Author Terri Kelley in her book, You Get What You Give, describes how young Steve faces disappointment and how he handles the frustrations of dealing with friends. Steve feels angry when he visits his neighbors only to find no one at home. He is upset because they failed to tell him they wouldn't be there. Steve thought they should know that he wanted to play with them. His mother was shocked by his unkind attitude upon his return back home. Steve's behavior caught her by surprise and she tried to explain to him that this situation could have been avoided with clearer communication. Steve's mother explains, "You get what you give in life and friendship is something that you earn."
His mother's words rolled over and over in Steve's mind. Steve made some wise decisions at that moment and he changed his way of thinking, called his friends later that evening, and invited them to come over and play the next day. The next day, Steve looked outside and found a wonderful surprise in the way his friends responded to his changed attitude. Steve learned a great and valuable lesson it seems. He learned, "You Get What You Give" and he decided to always give more of himself from now on.
Author Terri Kelley does a wonderful job of explaining how a mother can instill strong and important values of respect, good manners, and caring within her child. Illustrator Alexandra Bundo portrays this story in a very colorful form to allow the reader to envision what is taking place. This would be a great book to be included as a bedtime story, and also within school libraries for children to learn responsibility, the value of friendship, and courtesy.