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Mildred accepts her best friend Ed even though he is sometimes eccentric.

Mildred accepts her best friend Ed even though he is sometimes eccentric.

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Mildred accepts her best friend Ed even though he is sometimes eccentric.

Mildred accepts her best friend Ed even though he is sometimes eccentric.

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Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Karen Wagner celebrates poetry and friendship in A Friend Like Ed. Mildred's best buddy Ed is "a bit unusual," especially since he collects buttons and spouts poetry any time, any place-grocery store, restaurant, dentist office. But when Mildred meets the self-involved Pearl she learns to appreciate both Ed's sterling qualities and his eccentricities. Janet Pedersen's lively illustrations depict well the humor and poignancy inherent in Mildred's situation. These expressive mouse characters should appeal to young readers exploring daily what it means to be a friend.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A pleasant friendship tale. When Ed starts reciting poems in odd places, including the library and the supermarket, Mildred's embarrassment leads her to seek a new playmate. She finds one in Pearl, a self-centered ice-skating expert. As winter passes, Ed continues his usual activities, which include cake baking and button sorting, but he longs to have his old friend back. Meanwhile, Mildred is getting fed up with Pearl's antics and decides to make up with Ed. She discovers him awkwardly writing her name with ice skates and realizes he still wants to be friends. In return, she gives him a pen, the perfect gift for a poet. These mice don't quite match the charm of Kevin Henkes's creations, but the lively watercolor illustrations convey quite a bit of personality. Ed's long limbs and goofy glasses make him seem properly mouselike and boyish at the same time, and Mildred's changing emotions show in the subtle expressions in her eyes and mouth. Though the plot is nothing unusual, it works well, with the message of accepting eccentricities coming through gently and effectively. The pair's reconciliation is convincing. Mildred never actually shows that she can handle Ed's outbursts in public, but it's clear enough that the mouse has learned her lesson and will stick with her friend no matter how strangely he acts.-Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews
In a tender tale that explores the nature of friendship, Mildred the mouse realizes that perfection is not necessarily a meaningful quality in a friend. Mildred's best friend, Ed, has uncommon habits: some pleasing, such as baking a great fudge-frosted cake, and some embarrassing, such as reciting poetry at inopportune moments. When she meets Pearl, "Mildred was sure no one could ever think Pearl was unusual in any odd sort of way." Pearl, however, is only interested in herself, and Mildred comes to cherish Ed's eccentricities and generous nature. Wagner compassionately addresses an issue that is vital to childrenþthe wish to fit in and be accepted. The encouraging message is accompanied by Pedersen's cheerful illustrations, which portray the extraordinary characters of Mildred and Ed. Her amusing depictions of Ed's idiosyncrasies and Mildred's chagrin further leaven the text. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802786630
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2002

    What makes a good friend

    is the discussion I had with my kids after we finished reading the book. In this story, Mildred hangs around two friends: Ed, an eccentric button-collector who sometimes embarrasses her but also makes her laugh and feel good; and Pearl, a selfish attention-getter. Guess who Mildred decides to pal around with at the end of the story? It's sweet.

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