The Friendly Book

The Friendly Book

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by Margaret Wise Brown, Garth Williams
     
 

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I like cars / Red cars, green cars / Sports limousine cars / I like cars . . .Since 1954 parents and children have adored The Friendly Book, where everything is likable, from bugs to boats and from cars to stars. Garth Williams's lively illustrations are a perfect counterpart to Margaret Wise Brown's playful lists of wonderful things. See more details below

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I like cars / Red cars, green cars / Sports limousine cars / I like cars . . .Since 1954 parents and children have adored The Friendly Book, where everything is likable, from bugs to boats and from cars to stars. Garth Williams's lively illustrations are a perfect counterpart to Margaret Wise Brown's playful lists of wonderful things.

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Publishers Weekly
Golden Books brings back three Big Little Golden Books, picture books from the 1940s and '50s now available in larger-sized, paper-over-board editions. Originally published in 1954, The Friendly Book by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Garth Williams, uses rhyming verse to explore a whole series of likable things. It's a paean to dogs and boats, cars and stars-as in "I like stars/ Far stars/ Quiet stars/ Bright Stars/ Light stars/ I like stars/ A star that is shooting across the dark sky/ A star that is shining right straight in your eye/ I like stars." Williams packs the illustrations with quirky, often hilarious details; for the spread about stars, for example, a rabbit balloonist floats through the night sky in a patched-up balloon, labeled "starship," with a bird's nest on top of it. The Saggy Baggy Elephant by K. & B. Jackson, illus. by Tenggren, debuted in 1947. A happy little elephant named Sooki dances through the jungle until a saucy parrot makes fun of Sooki's saggy, baggy skin. This pachyderm-cum-ugly-duckling story features richly hued artwork against white backgrounds. A spare text tells the tale of a fire and the heroic firemen who rush to put it out, in The Great Big Fire Engine Book (1950) by Tibor Gergely, "Quick! Connect the hoses! S-s-s-s! goes the water." The rescuers swarm over each spread with reassuring efficiency. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Brown's 1954 book is re-issued in this Big Little Golden Book. Each page's verse begins with "I like" and then goes on to list examples. The first page, for example, states "I like cars. Red cars. Green cars. Sport limousine cars." This simple but effective and catchy pattern is followed throughout the book. William's illustrations are colorful and humorous; a child who cannot read will have fun just looking at his pictures. Animals of all types drive cars, ride on trains, and look at snow. Although the animals are fun, it does make for a confusing picture for the "I like dogs" page, but that is a minor flaw. Humans appear on the final two pages of "I like people," providing a nice ending to this book. Fifty years later, Brown's words still have the power to educate and entertain children. 2003 (orig 1954), Golden Book, Ages 3 up.
— Amie Rose Rotruck

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307605924
Publisher:
Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1954
Series:
Big Little Golden Book Series
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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