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Selfishness

The Selfish Crocodile

The Selfish Crocodile by Charles Faustin & Michael Terry (2 – 6 years)

Every morning a very large and very snappy crocodile shouts this selfish message: “Stay away from my river! It’s MY river! If you come in my river, I’ll eat you all!” The animals in the forest don’t know what to do. one day the creatures are woken by a loud groaning sound which turns out to be the selfish crocodile in a lot of pain, and the smallest of them all, a little mouse, finds a way to solve their snappy dilemma!

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
(2 – 8 years)

So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. This moving parable for all ages offers a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.

Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey
(2 – 6 years)

Pig is a greedy and selfish Pug. He has all the bouncy balls, bones, and chew toys a dog could ever want yet he refuses to share with his poor friend, Trevor. Little does he know, however, that being greedy has its consequences. Join Pig as he learns to share—the hard way! Young readers will love the irresistibly quirky and funny illustrations that are paired with a relatable lesson of learning to share with others.

Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Ritva Voutila (12 – 18 years)

The children always used to play in the Giant’s garden, but when he returned after years away, the Giant said, “What are you doing here? My own garden is my own garden. I will allow nobody to play in it but myself.” The Selfish Giant is one of the most beautiful stories in the English language.

Selfishness = Losing

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