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Best Friends (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Best Friends (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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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

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8.25(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.25(d)
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5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Steven Kellogg was "moved by the simplicity, the subtleties, and the poignance of the writing in this story." He welcomed the opportunity to reillustrate it in full color. Mr. Kellogg is an award-winning author and illustrator who has created more than 100 children's books, including The Three Little Pigs, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. He is the illustrator of Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town and The Baby Beebee Bird. Mr.

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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.