Best Best Friends

Best Best Friends

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by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

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Caldecott-Honor winner Margaret Chodos-Irvine shows us that even best friends fight sometimes . . .
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Caldecott-Honor winner Margaret Chodos-Irvine shows us that even best friends fight sometimes . . .

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School Library Journal
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 Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
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)

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Meet the Author

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.

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