Dorothy and Mikey

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Dorothy and Mikey are best friends...well, most of the time. When they aren't arguing over who saves who in Knight and Princess. And when they aren't competing to see who is better at jumping, running, and balancing on one foot.

Dorothy and Mikey know each other inside and out--the good stuff and the bad. They will always love playing together--even when they're playing to ...
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Overview

Dorothy and Mikey are best friends...well, most of the time. When they aren't arguing over who saves who in Knight and Princess. And when they aren't competing to see who is better at jumping, running, and balancing on one foot.

Dorothy and Mikey know each other inside and out--the good stuff and the bad. They will always love playing together--even when they're playing to win!

Keiko Kasza's animals have won the hearts of children for over ten years, and this book, with three separate stories, brings her talent to a new audience: kids beginning to read on their own.

"The emphasis on caring and sharing despite superficial differences will...find a wide audience."-- School Library Journal

Three stories featuring Mikey and Dorothy, two hippopotamus friends that play and compete with one another.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In three breezy stories, Kasza (Don't Laugh, Joe!) captures the intermittent bickering, one-upmanship and affection integral to friendship. The title characters are two young hippos who are "best friends... well, most of the time." After a spat about who will save the other from the villains in a game of make-believe, Dorothy storms off and the two make futile attempts to have fun alone, until they agree to take turns "saving each other from the bad guys." In the subsequent tales, Dorothy teaches a bragging, teasing Mikey a lesson; her feelings are hurt when Mikey tells her he wants to be alone, but then she discovers he needed solitude to compose a poem for her. Though assuring happy conclusions to these episodes, the author wraps up each with a quirky twist, as when Dorothy surreptitiously edits a line in Mikey's ode to her, changing "She's sometimes a pest," to "She's always the best." Kasza's spare, jovial pictures feature comical, changeable expressions on the faces of these devoted pals. The brevity of the text, limited vocabulary and snappy dialogue of the stories makes this a solid choice for readers graduating from picture books. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Dorothy and Mikey are two hippopotami friends. In this early reader book, Dorothy and Mikey discover that friendship can expand to take care of anger and give reconciliation, that bragging is not a good character trait to cultivate and that sometimes your friend needs some space. In the first chapter, Dorothy and Mikey read a book entitled Knight and Princess. Deciding to act it out, they quarrel over who will save whom, and separate for the day. Both discover that being the Knight all by yourself isn't much fun, and so they bump into each other and decide to take turns being the hero, much to the delight of both. In the next chapter, Mikey brags that he can run faster, jump higher and stand on one foot longer than Dorothy. However, Dorothy has the last laugh when she invites Mikey to stand on one foot with his eyes closed while she leaves him and goes inside. In the last chapter, Dorothy is hurt that Mike wants to be alone, until she finds out that he has been writing a poem to her while by himself. The illustrations show two hippos looking much like animals, which is refreshing. The drawings support the text without overwhelming it. A great addition to a library collection. 2000, Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, Ages 5 to 8, $12.99. Reviewer: Kit Bloom
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PreS-Gr 4-Dorothy and Mikey are best friends, but there are times when they do not get along. In the first chapter, the two young hippos argue over who gets to save the other in a game of Knight and Princess; they learn that playing together is much more fun than playing alone and that princesses are capable of saving knights. Next, Mikey brags that he is the more physically fit, but Dorothy gets the better of him. Finally, she doesn't understand his need to be alone until he gives her the friendship poem he has been working on. The text is set against a clean white background and the gentle, attractive watercolor cartoons perfectly capture the moods and emotions. The speedy narrative is ideal for beginning readers, who will recognize the ups and downs of early friendships and appreciate the humorous touches in both text and illustrations.-Shawn Brommer, Southern Tier Library System, Painted Post, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399233562
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1900
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD260L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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