The Day No One Played Together

A Story About Compromise

Children - Grade K-3rd
26 Pages
Reviewed on 10/18/2011
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Author Biography

Donalisa is an award winning children's book author. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, David, her daughters, Jadyn and Genesis and their miniature schnauzer, Shadow. She is Wild About Reading and has written many stories since she was a child.

Donalisa has a Masters in Social Work and is a family and children's therapist. She has worked in behavioral health with children and adolescents for over 12 years. Her mission is to encourage a love of reading in our children and re-ignite the love in you.

The Day No One Played together is a recipient of the Mom's Choice Award.

Favorite Quote: "There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book." -Frank Serafini

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lori M for Readers' Favorite

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. Good job, Donalisa Helsley (author).

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.

That's where the mom enters the story and teaches the girls the meaning of the word "compromise," and asks them to think of ways that each sister could get what she wants while they played together. Voila! Jadyn and Genesis, the sisters, find a way to make each of them happy by incorporating each of their desires into a new play theme . . . in other words, they compromised.

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.