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Friends and Pals and Brothers, Too

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Brothers might not look alike, but they like the same things. In the fall they paint pumpkins. In the winter they ski and slide and slurp hot soup. All year long they have fun together, for these two are more than just brothers—they’re the best of friends!

 

Friends and Pals and Brothers, Too is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Overview

Brothers might not look alike, but they like the same things. In the fall they paint pumpkins. In the winter they ski and slide and slurp hot soup. All year long they have fun together, for these two are more than just brothers—they’re the best of friends!

 

Friends and Pals and Brothers, Too is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Naomi Milliner
Two brothers without names or ages frolic through these awkward pages. As the siblings-who-are-also-friends hang out together from one season to the next, their exciting adventures include eating, a few stereotypical activities (rolling in grass, rolling in snow, playing baseball) and did I mention eating? While the activities are (very) common, the language is (very) contrived to fit the rhyme. Awkward phrases include: "We mud our hair," "We pumpkin pain," "We pancake bake," and "The whole year long we're always there, With ketchup-ed bread and jam to share." Another problem is that, while it is nice (if not entirely credible) to see brothers who get along just perfectly, there are never any adults around. Not one. Ever. Not when the boys jump from docks, not when they pet strange cats, and not even when they sleep in a tent beside a still-burning campfire. The best thing about this book is its illustrations, which add a sense of fun and whimsy. Reviewer: Naomi Milliner
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- Two young brothers, nicknamed Bear and Squirrel, enjoy spending time with one another. They go on nature hikes, rake leaves, and sleep outside in tents. These simple pleasures highlight the siblings' closeness throughout the year: "In spring we bring out balls and bats./We look for frogs. We pet strange cats." Told in uncomplicated verse, one short line per page, this unassuming book captures the warmth and delight of being best friends. The rhyming is easy and predictable with only one instance in which the ending words do not work as a pair ("jokes"/"coats"). The childlike, unembellished watercolor and pencil illustrations fit the text perfectly, and the muted colors underscore the simplicity and joyful intimacy of the boys' relationship. This title would work best in small-group readings and one-on-one sharing.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN

Kirkus Reviews
This is a dear piece of work, not least because it fosters congenial relations between brothers. Wilson's easy, rhymed text has a pleasing bounce and echo-"I call him squirrel. He calls me bear. / We sing in bed. We mud our hair . . . . In spring we bring out balls and bats. / We look for frogs. We pet strange cats."-but it plays as background music to Landry's irresistible watercolors. He has drawn the boys with elemental features: dots for eyes, jug-handle ears and snug helmets of hair; their sickle-moon smiles and arms waving above their heads convey innocence and bonhomie. These guys are simply having a good time. And why not, when life involves eating handfuls of cake, tooling about on bikes, chomping on pancakes, jumping in leaves, spitting cherry pits and blobbing grape jelly on each other's heads? Point taken: Make your own Eden, play hard, get dirty-why squabble when the alternative is to mud your brother's hair? (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616862794
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

SARAH WILSON is the author of many books for children, including Dragon Tooth Trouble and Love and Kisses. She lives in Danville, California.

LEO LANDRY is the author/illustrator of several books for children, including Fat Bat and Swoop and Sea Surprise. He lives with his family in Easton,Massachusetts.

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