★★★★★ In Gillie Can Share by Sarah-Leigh Wills, an adorable gray rabbit sets out to deliver fresh-baked cookies to family members around the neighborhood. Grandpa gets two cookies, Grandma gets two cookies, and Mummy gets two cookies. But as the cookie stash begins to dwindle, curious readers will wonder: Does Gillie get any cookies? Luckily, this charming story ends with Gillie devouring just one cookie—and offering the last one to you, the reader!
Gillie Can Share is the first installment in the Gillie Can Series, which aims to showcase one important aspect of child development in each book. The next title to be released, Gillie Can Count, finds Gillie meeting up with Wise Old Owl Willie for a friendly math lesson. The design details in this book are absolutely eye-catching, with each of the animal characters sporting stitch-like threads around their exteriors. The images have a visually appealing depth to them as well, appearing almost like a scrapbook collage that a loved one has put together for their child. The text in Gillie Can Share is bold and easy-to-follow for young eyes, but we especially appreciate how the story focuses on Gillie positively demonstrating generosity, whereas so many other sharing stories for children choose to illustrate the concept by spending precious time talking about its counterpart: selfishness. Children have a great role model in Gillie, who, without admonishment from a single parental figure, decides to offer the very last cookie on the plate to a complete stranger. This is one series to watch!