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Best Friends

Best Friends

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by Steven Kellogg

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Kathy feels lonely and betrayed when her best friend goes away for the summer and has a wonderful time.


Kathy feels lonely and betrayed when her best friend goes away for the summer and has a wonderful time.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Warmth and humor permeate this `` truly childlike'' account of two girls' friendship, ``to the final satisfying frame,'' said PW. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 Kellogg's ``fantastical'' nature is more than evident in his latest title. Best friends Kathy and Louise share everything together. When Louise goes away for the summer, Kathy sees the neighborhoodliterally and figurativelyas a barren desert. Finally a postcard arrivesLouise (the traitor) is having a wonderful time! Kathy is hurt and angry but is somewhat appeased by the appearance of a new neighbor, 72-year-old Mr. Jode, who has a dog who is about to have puppies. Kathy is to have the first spotted pup; Louise's mom also arranges for Louise to have one. Louise returns, bearing gifts and assurances that she did indeed miss Kathy. The first puppy is brown, and given to Louise. There is no second puppy. Kathy is crushed, until Louise suggests raising the puppy together. All ends in starry daydreams about the future. The watercolor and ink illustrations are appealingly bright and magical. Kathy and Louise's daydreams are vividly and flamboyantly portrayed, with ``reality'' just as attractively pictured. If this title is flawed, it is only because Kellogg attempts too much in his plot. There is too much going on for too long, but the charm of the illustrations is enough to minimize this factor. Janice M. Del Negro, Hild Regional Public Library, Chicago

Product Details

Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.83(w) x 10.84(h) x 0.37(d)
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Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Steven Kellogg is the beloved illustrator of more than one hundred books for children including Clorinda and Clorinda Takes Flight, and he has been awarded the Regina Medal for his entire body of work. Mr. Kellogg works in an old barn overlooking Lake Champlain in Essex, New York, where he lives with his family.

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Best Friends 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I read this book when I was seven years old. I am now 19 years old, and I have read this book to my siblings and to children I have babysat, who have enjoyed it just as much as I have, if not more. The story is very realistic for being somewhat real life and somewhat fantasy. I recommend reading this to any children in your life, and even reading it just for yourself, no matter what age you are, because it's by far the best feel good book out there.