Alicia's Best Friends

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Alicia has four friends, and her friends are great, but when she decides to throw a best friends party, they all want to know which one of them is her best friend. Is it Mitchell, Charlotte, Henry, Lucy, or Alicia’s dog, Neptune? They say she has to choose, but Alicia doesn’t know whom to pick. How can she, when each one of them is uniquely special to her? With characteristic emotional honesty and a little creativity, Alicia finds her own wonderful way of solving the happy dilemma of being blessed with not one, ...

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Overview

Alicia has four friends, and her friends are great, but when she decides to throw a best friends party, they all want to know which one of them is her best friend. Is it Mitchell, Charlotte, Henry, Lucy, or Alicia’s dog, Neptune? They say she has to choose, but Alicia doesn’t know whom to pick. How can she, when each one of them is uniquely special to her? With characteristic emotional honesty and a little creativity, Alicia finds her own wonderful way of solving the happy dilemma of being blessed with not one, but many, best friends.

When her friends want Alicia to choose which one of them is the best, she has problems.

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Editorial Reviews

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“The brightly hued illustrations sparkle with the energy and vivacity of Alicia’s personality…Reader’s will rejoice in the return of this spunky, bespectacled heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

“Jahn-Clough’s childlike, multicultural cartoon paintings prove highly successful in using color to evoke mood.” School Library Journal

“Jann-Clough, author of several previous books about friendship, once again presents a complex aspect of friendship in a way children will understand.” Booklist, ALA

Publishers Weekly
The star of Alicia Has a Bad Day, Missing Molly and more returns in Alicia's Best Friends by Lisa Jahn-Clough. The bespectacled do-gooder finds herself in a pickle when she throws a "best friends party" and they all want to know which of them is her "best" best friend. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Alicia has four friends, each quite talented in a specific way. She enjoys spending time with each of them, and decides one day to throw a party for all. At the party she exclaims that they are her best friends, but her friends demand that she choose one person to be her very best friend. Alicia cannot decide who she should choose, so she chooses her dog, Neptune, who she plays with as well. But while she loves her dog, Neptune cannot play soccer, or paint, or laugh at her jokes. Alicia goes back to her four friends and declares that they are each her best friend at the task they perform best. While the story itself is simple and familiar, the lesson imparted to children about diversity and the importance of recognizing and appreciating the talents of others is one that every child needs to learn. The artwork throughout the book is colorful and fun, and reminiscent of children's art class illustrations. The text is simple and somewhat repetitive, which will appeal both to beginning readers as well as those children who are still being read to. 2003, Walter Lorraine Books, Ages 3 to 7.
— Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-The author of Alicia Has a Bad Day (Houghton, 1994) explores another real-life challenge for her carrot-haired, bespectacled heroine whose friends demand she select a favorite among them. As she takes turns enjoying each highly qualified candidate, including her dog, the girl always realizes how much she misses Mitchell, Charlotte, Henry, or Lucy. Jahn-Clough's childlike, multicultural cartoon paintings prove highly successful in using color to evoke mood. Unfortunately, her diplomatic resolution of declaring each friend a "best" for a particular activity probably will not work well when readers actually experience this type of dispute. Still, the book will be useful when discussing conflict resolution with the younger set.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The inimitable Alicia grapples with the problem of jealous friends in this wise tale from Jahn-Clough (Alicia Has a Bad Day, 1994). Alicia adores all of her friends; she plays soccer with Mitchell, paints with Charlotte, laughs with Henry, and explores entomology with Lucy. To demonstrate her powerful affection for these buddies, Alicia decides to throw a "best friend" celebration. However, her guests of honor demand to know which one of them is really Alicia's best friend. Frustrated by her quandary, Alicia declares her dog, Neptune, to be her closest pal. However, she soon discovers the companionship of a canine falls short of human friendship. Jahn-Clough presents a familiar childhood dilemma with compassion and honesty. Readers struggling with this issue will find humorous relief in Alicia's exploits and salvation in her ingenious solution to the problem. After much internal debate, Alicia declares each one of her friends to be a best friend in a particular category, declaring one to be her best soccer friend, while another is her best painting friend, diplomatically acknowledging each individual's special attribute. The brightly hued illustrations sparkle with the energy and vivacity of Alicia's personality. The cartoon-style paintings reveal Alicia's turmoil while retaining a healthy dose of humor. Alicia handles a thorny issue with her usual panache; readers will rejoice in the return of this spunky, bespectacled heroine. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618239511
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/24/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Clough has written books novels and picture books, but this is her first foray into the world of early readers. Her work has won awards from Child Magazine , Parent's Choice , Bank Street , Raising Readers , and Entertainment Weekly . She spends her summers in Portland, Maine, and her winters in Clayton, New Jersey, where she's an assistant professor at Rowan University. For more about her, visit her website at www.lisajahnclough.com.

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