Best Friends Pretend

Best Friends Pretend

by Linda Leopold Strauss, Lynn Munsinger
     
 

These best friends can be princesses, superheroes, and more in this super-fun, super-pink board book!

From the author of PRESCHOOL DAY HOORAY! comes a joyous, rhyming romp into all the things that girls love to do--from flying to space to being mermaid princesses! Linda's sweet and rhythmic verses paired with bestselling illustrator Lynn Munsinger's colorful

Overview


These best friends can be princesses, superheroes, and more in this super-fun, super-pink board book!

From the author of PRESCHOOL DAY HOORAY! comes a joyous, rhyming romp into all the things that girls love to do--from flying to space to being mermaid princesses! Linda's sweet and rhythmic verses paired with bestselling illustrator Lynn Munsinger's colorful watercolor images provide for an exciting read-aloud story little girls will want to hear again and again. A celebration of inventive fun and feeling special!

This board book with foil on the cover is sturdy and perfect for little ones ready to use their imaginations. It's a must-have for all little girls and their best friends!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/25/2013
The two friends that star in this board book aren’t content to just “play princesses” (though they enjoy doing that, too). In their imaginations, the girls also pretend to be ice-cream truck operators, superheroes, astronauts, and explorers (“Through the jungle,/ down the river,/ nighttime noises/ make us shiver”). Munsinger wholeheartedly embraces each imagined setting, picturing the girls swooping down on a crowd of giant, monster “bad guys” in their superhero guises and (on the other end of the pretend-play spectrum) pushing strollers while wearing oversize high heels and gabbing on smartphones: “We’re busy moms/ with lots to do.” Solid fodder for readers’ own imaginary exploits. Ages 2–4. (Jan.)
From the Publisher

Praise for PRESCHOOL DAY HOORAY!

"A soothing and relatable story..." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Praise for Lynn Munsinger

"Munsinger's facility with expressions and body language is as impressive as ever: she can do heartbreak, ecstasy, confidence and peevishness without ever compromising the essential species-ness of her characters." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (JELLYBEANS AND THE BIG DANCE)

"She brings imagination, a perceptive eye, and warm good humor to her appealing pen and watercolor illustrations." --KIRKUS (A ZOOFUL OF ANIMALS)

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Sharing a variety of adventures, two best friends play pretend and determine that when they are “grown-ups” they will be neighbors and “friends forevermore!” The opening double-page spread shows two unnamed little girls as they unpack a toy box and try on dress-up clothes. The items spread about include a toy rocket ship, a mermaid doll, crowns and tiaras, stuffed creatures (dolphin, tiger, rhino), high heels, a pith helmet, and other things that will all been seen as the girls share their “Let’s pretend…” plans. Multi-ethnic children are represented as the reader sees the girls pretending to be ice cream vendors, “You drive the truck. I’ll ring the bell. ‘It’s ice cream time!’ the kids will yell.” The rhyme schemes work well for all of the different scenarios. Munsinger transforms the fancy princesses into “princess mermaids, wild and free, who swim with dolphins in the sea!” (Remember that mermaid doll!) The monsters on the “superheroes” pages display appropriate dismay at the sight of the girls flying bravely toward them—“bad guys, watch out.” As astronauts, the girls are out catching stars; the space helmets accommodate the one girl’s curly, black pigtails through little portholes and the other’s red hair sticks out from under the rim. Then the pith helmets come into play as we see the girls paddling down a river whose banks are occupied by a bunch of “wild” animals. Young children will love going back to the first pages to find items that are reflected in the appealing illustrations. Rounded corners and a convenient size for small hands make this title a perfect selection for toddlers. Reviewer: Sheilah Egan; Ages 0 to 4.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-15
This cheerful celebration of imagination introduces two little girls—the best of friends—who like nothing better than to pretend.Each double-page spread features a different pretend scenario; the girls make believe they are ice cream-truck operators, princesses, superheroes, astronauts, explorers and finally, grown-ups. The pink, glittery cover depicts the girls in their princess finery, a choice that might lead readers to expect nothing but stereotypical ball gowns, dancing and tea parties in the pages that follow, yet most of the imaginary scenarios involve the girls' performing active, gender-neutral or even traditionally masculine roles such as hunting scary monsters, flying through space and navigating a jungle river. In the end, when the girls play "grown-ups," they see themselves as mothers who work outside the home and continue to value their relationship with each other: "Purses, cell phones, / high heels, too… / We're busy moms / with lots to do. // We'll go to work. / You'll live next door! / And we'll be friends / forevermore!" The rhyming verses scan well, and the appealing illustrations create a distinctive universe for each scenario, helping to bring each one to life.Toddlers and preschoolers will use these pretend ideas as a springboard to all sorts of adventures of their own conjuring. (Board book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545451710
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Pages:
14
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
AD440L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 4 Years

Meet the Author


Linda Leopold Strauss is the author of many books for children, including PRESCHOOL DAY HOORAY! She lives in Ohio with her husband.

Lynn Munsinger is a full-time illustrator of children's books. She lives in Vermont.

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