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That's What Friends Are For Hardcover – Illustrated, Jan. 3 2012
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J. Patrick Lewis is the author of 60 books for children, 50 of them in poetry. He is also the coauthor of three terrific children and four delightful grandchildren. He writes full-time, makes 30 elementary school visits a year, and keynotes at literature conferences. First Dog is his first book with his daughter Beth. Pat, or Grandpat, as his grandkids call him, is married and lives in Westerville, Ohio.
Christopher Denise is an award-winning illustrator whose books haveappeared on The New York Times best-sellers list. Known for his workon the Redwall picture book series, he also works as a visual developmentartist and character designer for feature film animation. Christopher livesin Barrington, Rhode Island.
- Publisher : Sleeping Bear Press; 1st edition (Jan. 3 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1585365165
- ISBN-13 : 978-1585365166
- Item weight : 249 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.54 x 22.86 cm
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This particular book contains one story that I found quite questionable, one that is entertaining and endearing, if a bit implausible, and one that is truly delightful. The opening story, "Margie Barge's Tears", features Tugg and Teeny and their friends trying to cheer up Margie Barge the hippo who is weeping and wailing over how fat she is (from eating "f-far too much grass and water plants, and now look at m-me!"). As if we don't have enough girls with body image issues in this country, we need a story about a female hippo being worried about her weight? Please. And as if that's not bad enough, the animals cheer up Margie by putting themselves down. (""Well, Margie," said Tugg, "at least you do not have hair all over like me! No one can tell my front from my back!"") Such collective wallowing in shame seems to be perking Margie up, but what really does the trick is when she meets a boy hippo who loves her just the way she is. Couldn't she just learn to love herself just the way she is? Does it really have to take male attention?
The second story involves the improbable loss of Rocco Rhino's horn. Teeny, always eager to help, is determined to find a replacement for him and comes up with a series of amusing substitutes (a banana, a flower, a stick), but it's Tugg who ultimately saves the day by helping Rocco find his real horn.
The final story is charming. Tugg and Teeny have been working hard on their house and Teeny is ready for the weekend. But this weekend happens to be Good Neighbor Day, so Tugg decides they'll invite all their friends to a potluck picnic. While he goes to invite everyone, he asks Teeny to do one last chore: paint the picnic table bench. Soon, please. But the impulsive Teeny finds many other things she'd rather do before finally getting around to painting the bench. When their friends come for a potluck, they find themselves leaving with more than just a full belly. Very cute, and my three and five year old daughters' favorite story.
Although the first story peeves me somewhat, overall the book is well done and appropriate for the target audience. Recommended for reading out loud with younger children and for independent readers who are ready to tackle some bigger words and a fair amount of writing per page. 3.5 stars.
this book is good, but the stories seemed a bit juvenile for 2nd-3rd graders. for example, one story is entitled 'rocko's horn', about a rhinoceros named rocko who has lost the horn at the end of his nose. it reads "poor rocko was sitting in his backyard. he did not look like the same rocko at all. "my horn is gone, tugg! it was right here on my face", he cried. "it must have fallen off, but i do not know where it went. what good is a rhino without a horn? that is like a monkey without a tail!" after attempting to replace the horn with a banana, a flower, or a bamboo stick, rocko's jungle friends encouraged him to search for his horn again, and he finds his horn where he was sitting. the story ends with 'sometimes the answer is as plain as the nose on your face' said tugg, 'and sometimes your horn is right under your nose.'
my boys thought the book was meant for younger children, so they enjoyed reading this book to my 4yo daughter and chose other books (like National Geographic Readers: Wolves to read on their own.
As far as reading level goes--this book is good for beginning chapter book readers (grade 2) and the illustrations are expressive and character focused, enhancing the story rather than explaining it. Two of the stories rely on "bottoms" to supply the humor (always a hit with young kids). The first story--about the hippo with a body image issue--is a little creepy. The second story has a logic flaw: the rhino obviously gets up and "sat back down" only to state that he's been sitting for 3 days (huh?). The third story contains an attempt to make the best of a bad situation, but I as an adult had to come to that conclusion and the story felt somewhat awkward.
OK for beginning readers, but not my first choice--nor my kids' choice. After reviewing this book and a "Frog and Friends" volume, I'm a little underwhelmed with the "I am a Reader!" series. More character development and engaging, connected stories please.
The three stories included in this slim book are engaging and show the importance of helping friends when they are handling life's challenges.
The books were written by J. Patrick Lewis, U.S. Children's Poet Laureate. The reading level is early elementary and should definitely encourage interested childen to read about the situations these two friends find themselves in, as well as help them learn how to solve problems - their own and those of their friends.
Highly recommended both for encouraging children to read and for the pure enjoyment of the stories. I recently read these stories to my grandson and he seemed to enjoy them and also the illustrations that were included. He is a Curious George fan, and it was obvious this helped keep his attention throughout the book, although sometimes he was much more interested in the pictures than the storyline.