The Golden Plate

The Golden Plate

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While Isobel is playing with her best friend's beautiful store-bought Doll's House, she becomes intrigued by one of her friend's toys--a small golden plate. But when Isobel takes the golden plate home without asking for permission, she gets more than she bargained for: the plate doesn't look right in her handmade Doll's House, and she feels guilty for having taken her friend's toy. Isobel's supportive mother helps her find a solution that makes Isobel feel better. And on Isobel's next birthday, she is rewarded for following her heart. Bernadette Watts's colorful, delicate illustrations are filled with wonderful details in this charming and thought-provoking story about friendship, sharing, and feelings.
Publisher: New York :, North-South,, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780735841758
Branch Call Number: Z WAT
Characteristics: 26 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 28 cm.

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Mar 16, 2015

Isobel visits her friend Elisabeth. Elisabeth has very nice things including a spectacular doll house. Isobel sees a perfect little golden plate and slips it into her pocket. But when she gets it home she realizes it does not fit right in her own doll house because it is not her own and she feels very guilty for having taken it. She finally tells her mother about what she did and is encouraged to take the plate back to her friend. They play again with the doll house and Isobel is happy.

This story was first published in Switzerland and has been translated into English. The illustrations have an antique feel to them. The pictures are colorful and have lots of detail.

This was a lovely story about what happens when a little girl steals from her friend. She feels guilty and is then much relieved when she returns the item. This is an excellent example for children to learn from. Isobel's guilt is directed at herself and the others never make her feel bad about what she did. Her own unhappiness was punishment enough. The language of the story is at times lengthy and the author uses a somewhat large vocabulary, but this makes it an opportunity to learn new words. This story is a perfect springboard for a discussion with the little ones on stealing and the consequences.

Recommended for ages 4-8 which is a good age range.

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