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Title:
Best best friends
ISBN:
9780152056940

9781415660201
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Orlando : Harcourt, 2006.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
Mary and Clare do everything together at preschool, but Mary's birthday celebration puts a strain on the girls' friendship.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader LG 2.0 0.5 105497.
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Summary

Summary

Clare and Mary do everything together.After all, they're best best friends.But on Mary's birthday, she gets a party, a shiny crown, and lots of attention--and Clare gets jealous.The best best friends get into a big, big fight.Only after Clare comes up with a way to make peace do the girls realize that between true friends, love triumphs over jealousy every time (even when it comes to crowns and cupcakes).


Author Notes

MARGARET CHODOS-IRVINE is the author and illustrator of Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, a Caldecott Honor Book, and the illustrator of several other highly praised picture books. She lives in Seattle, Washington.


Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Mary and Clare spend their days at preschool together. They hug when they meet, hold hands while going out to the playground, and sit next to one another at storytime. All goes smoothly until the day of Mary's birthday, when she gets special privileges and much attention from the teacher and other students. Clare grows resentful and starts an argument, which ends with both girls angrily yelling, "YOU ARE NOT MY FRIEND!" They each play with other children and have time to cool off. When naptime is over, Clare presents her friend with a hand-drawn picture and wishes her a "Happy birthday." Mary graciously accepts the gift, an unspoken apology, and the two are friends once again. No adult guides them toward reconciliation; these children simply figure out for themselves what is important. Various printmaking techniques are used in the artwork to create bold, flat shapes, with enough white space to allow the colors to pop off the pages. The illustrations, in a warm palette, give a retro feel to the story but the multicultural classroom takes the tale to the present. This is a story of true friendship that is stronger than envy or jealousy.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

(Preschool) Chodos-Irvine's bright paper prints welcome youngsters to a busy, sunny preschool. Front endpapers showing cubbies stuffed with toys and jackets indicate that class is in progress. As listeners enter they encounter a myriad of activities, from storytime to recess, and two best, best friends: Clare and Mary. But that friendship, the easy hugs, the hand-holding on the playground, is tested on Mary's birthday. When the birthday girl receives special attention, Clare's envy leads to some unkind remarks, and the two simultaneously shout, ""YOU ARE NOT MY FRIEND!"" The repetition of words and phrases allows ample opportunities for children to join in the reading, while the uncomplicated resolution (Clare draws a picture of a birthday cupcake -- albeit a pretty sophisticated one for a preschooler -- that combines both their favorite colors, yellow and pink) leads to a satisfying conclusion. Final endpapers, depicting empty cubbies, bring both the story and the day to completion. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

The illustrations in this wonderful preschool story look deceptively simple, but they are full of pattern, color, shape and form in the most pleasing of ways. Mary and Clare are best friends: They hug each morning when they meet at preschool and they hold hands when they go out to play. But when Mary's birthday comes and she gets special treatment from everyone and pink cupcakes, Clare is quite put out. She announces that yellow is a much better color than "plain old pink," and Mary, who is dressed in pink down to her little flowered underpants, shoots back with the classic little girl zinger, "You're not nice!" They shout at each other, and go off to play in different directions, but later, Clare makes Mary a birthday picture and they make up to be "best best BEST" friends. The attitude is definitely preschool, and the author deftly captures the vocabulary and body language. Chodos-Irvine uses a variety of printmaking techniques and sunny garden colors to make this a small, perfect tale of conflict and resolution. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

PreS-K. In spot-on words and crisp, gaily patterned prints, the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor Book Ella Sarah Gets Dressed 0 (2004) captures the unselfconscious affection and quicksilver shifts in mood that characterize preschool friendships. Classmates Clare and Mary hug hello, sit together at storytime, and hold hands when they go outside to play. But when Mary's birthday merits queen-for-a-day treatment, Clare vents her jealousy by informing her pink-clad friend that "yellow is prettier." The argument explodes in double-page spreads that zoom close to the girls' furious profiles, culminating in a bitter outburst: "YOU ARE NOT MY FRIEND!" After time apart, a nap, and a birthday card lovingly crayoned in both girls' favorite colors, the children reestablish their "best best BEST" bond. Like Molly Bang's When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry0 (1999) , 0 this shows children working through conflict without adult intervention, and the message is further buoyed by a cozy classroom backdrop that will prompt chatter about kids' own preschool routines. A perfect choice for supporting the socialization aims of the earliest years of school, when instincts about generosity, empathy, and loyalty begin to balance the egocentric impulses of babyhood. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2006 Booklist