Being Friends

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I like you and you like me,
and though we're different as can be . . .
we both like being friends!

In lilting rhyme and charming images two true-blue best friends proclaim their differences, and have fun with them too. So when one wants to play baseball and the other prefers a game of dress-up, a true pal finds she can pitch while wearing a tiara. And though one buddy favors ...

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Overview

I like you and you like me,
and though we're different as can be . . .
we both like being friends!

In lilting rhyme and charming images two true-blue best friends proclaim their differences, and have fun with them too. So when one wants to play baseball and the other prefers a game of dress-up, a true pal finds she can pitch while wearing a tiara. And though one buddy favors days and the other nights-both like having pillow fights!

Two very different girls find that the joy of being friends enables them to share their various likes and dislikes.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K-Through rhyming text, Beaumont conveys the joys of friendship between two girls while celebrating their similarities and differences. The words bounce along in language appropriate for children who are making their first friends: "I am me/and you are you./I like red/and you like blue." Many of the verses end with a line noting what both children like to do: "I like Saturn./You like Mars./We both like counting falling stars." Allen's expressive, colorful pastel illustrations on full spreads match the cheerful text, and offer lots of details to explore. Try this at storytime along with other books on friendship.-Doris Losey, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Tampa, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This happy tale of two friends focuses on the differences between a pair of best buddies and why they don't matter. The duo is as disparate as night and day, from favorite colors and foods to clothes and playtime activities. Snappy, rhyming verses catalogue the partialities of each girl, alternately describing a tomboy and an aspiring glamour girl with a taste for finery. "I like jeans / and you like gowns. / I like caps / and you like crowns." Their many differences notwithstanding, this high-spirited pair does find some common ground, as each set of dissimilarities is followed up with a description of things upon which they agree. The phrase "we both like being friends" becomes the rallying call for a more subtle meaning: beneath the playful tone lies a vital message for readers concerning not only the need for tolerance and acceptance but the many rewards and pleasures that result. Allen's (Exploding Gravy, p. 337, etc.) energetic, full-bleed illustrations capture the unique individuality of each girl through dress, action, and expression. The comical background antics of the girls' pets add to the overall charm. A delight to look at and a treat to read: a gem for best friends of any age to share. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803725294
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 442,713
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Joy Allen lives in Cameron Park, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Mother of Three

    We loved it. My sons kindergarten class was very entertained by it.

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