PPBF: One Big Pair of Underwear – Sharing is Fun

I know you don’t want to hear this, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Christmas won’t be far behind! It’s a busy time for everyone, especially parents of young children.

Keeping the stress level down is definitely a challenge. One of the most important things is for moms and dads to have good communication with each other so they are on the same page about activities and gifts – present a united front for the kids – things go much more smoothly if you do.

Whether you’ve got one child or several, sharing is almost always an issue. Young kids can be very possessive about their things. Sharing is a learned skill…most kids don’t come by it naturally. Reading today’s Perfect Picture Book with your children would be a great opportunity to talk about sharing.



Written by Laura Gehl

Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Publisher: Beach Lane Books (2014)

Ages: 2-8

Themes: Sharing, counting, animals


Opening Lines:

“One big pair of underwear, Two brown bears who hate to share. One bear wears the underwear. One bear cries, “That isn’t fair!”


From Booklist: “The word underwear is enough to make kids erupt in giggles. But when two bears contemplate sharing one pair of underwear, youngsters will be rolling in the aisles. Add rhymes, tongue twisters, and alliteration into the mix, and you’ll find spirited entertainment in this picture-book introduction to basic concepts. A joy to read aloud with digitally colored pencil illustrations that are full of charm and humor.”
Why I like this book:

  • Great read-aloud
  • Hilariously funny…just the word underwear is enough to get kids laughing!
  • Great rhyming counting book


How a parent can use this book:

  • Great read-aloud
  • Not only counting…but subtraction as well – very clever!
  • Talk about sharing – the animals had more fun when they shared


Related Activity:


cereal-abacus-slidePhoto courtesy: http://www.education.com

You will need: Fruit loops or some other type of colorful cereal with holes, string, shoebox, scissors.

For detailed instructions and more fantastic preschool crafts: http://www.education.com/activity/article/cereal-abacus/

I’m excited that author Laura Gehl will be visiting with us for Will Write for Cookies next March. To learn more about Laura and her books, please visit her fantastic website filled with free curriculum guides, free activity sheets and free autographed bookplates for teachers, parents and kids: http://www.lauragehl.com/

And a week from tomorrow, on November 15 , another Laura (Laura Purdie Salas) will be our featured author. So please stop by.

And if you’d like to find many more picture book reviews and activities, please hop over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday.

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on November 6, 2014, in Crafting for Kids, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Book Review, Sharing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I LOVE the cereal Abacus craft for kids, Vivian!
    How much fun…and (kind of) edible, too. 😉


  2. Keep seeing this book reviewed and I think it’s a message for me to buy it for grandchildren. Creative and fun activities as always.


  3. There seem to be more than a few hilarious PPB picks to split our sides. Thanks!


  4. I LOVE the cover and that in itself already cracks me up!


  5. Looks like a keeper, as my mother would say. Thanks for sharing!


  6. This is an awesome book, Vivian. I posted about it a few weeks ago. Don’t you just love the rhyme??? Well, I actually loved everything about the book. I look forward to March when Laura will join you for cookies 🙂


  7. Great book and review, Vivian. Thought I had seen this book around. But one can never tire of seeing that hilarious cover.


    • Yup, I’m sure someone else probably reviewed it…but Laura had asked me to be part of her blog tour and I thought that doing it for #PPBF would give her the most exposure. 🙂 It is a hilarious title, isn’t it…I really have to think about writing a book with underwear or underpants. 🙂


  8. Great Book and great review. Thought I had seen this before, but one can never tire of its hilarious cover. Thanks Vivian.


  9. Love this Vivian. I got out the last time I saw it on PPBF and loved it. This time I am also going to put it on my PPBF board in Pinterest.

    Thanks so much for the review. 🙂


  10. Great review! 😀 This sounds like a book that I would like! 😀


  11. Sharing is all fine and good until it comes to that last pair of underwear…. And Vivian – I love the froot-loop abacus. Yummy math….


  12. Thank you for your kind words about our book. You’ll find more activities on my site, tomlichtenheld.com


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Polilla Writes

reading, writing, celebrating the written word

National Day Calendar

Fun, unusual and forgotten designations on our calendar.

Michelle Eastman Books

Kid Lit Author and Advocate


about reading, writing & thinking children's books

Laura Boffa: Write of Way

Giving the way of writing the right of way


A Gallery of New Picture Book Talent

EMU's Debuts

From Deal to Debut: the Path to Publication

Wander, Ponder, Write

A KidLit Journey...

Picture Book House

reviews and stories about parenting with picture books

Pernille Ripp

Teacher. Author. Creator. Speaker. Mom.

Norah Colvin

Live Love Laugh Learn . . . Create the possibilities

Gathering Books

Singapore | United States of America | Philippines

Beth Anderson, Children's Writer

Reader, Writer, Miner of Moments

Susanna Leonard Hill

Children's Author

The Stinky Backpack

Traveling the Everyday World

The Runaway Palate

Food. Travel. Cooking. Random musings. Maybe some historical stuff.

The Reader and the Book

"O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught." Ralph Waldo Emerson


Authors & Illustrators Wild About Kidlit!

Teresa Robeson

thoughts on kidlit nonfiction, diversity, and food

Tracy Campbell

Heart for Ewe Publishing

kidsbook friends

Check out this blog about children's books!

Mary Jo Beswick

Artist - Children's Book Author & Illustrator - Teacher

Leslie Leibhardt Goodman

Children's Writer


READING: like dancing in your brain

Friendly Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales and Poetry Celebrating Magic and Nature for Kids of all Ages

Lauri Fortino's Frog On A (B)log

Sharing and Celebrating Picture Books Since 2009

Stacy S. Jensen

Reader | Writer | List Maker

Reading With Rhythm

book reviews from Rhythm the Library Dog

Nerdy Book Club

A community of readers

Nerdy Chicks Write

Get it Write this Summer!

Laura Sassi Tales

Celebrating writing, reading, and life.

Erika Wassall here... The Jersey Farm Scribe

Author, Freelance Writer, Entreprenur... LIVER of life

Angie Karcher

Writing Children's Books

Chapter Book Chat

A Writer Reviews Chapter Books, by Marty Mokler Banks

The Blabbermouth Blog

Literary Agent Linda Epstein's Yakkety Yakking

The Waiting

Turns out, it's not the hardest part.

%d bloggers like this: