The Hating Book

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I hate hate hated my friend.
When I moved over in the school bus,
she sat somewhere else.
When her point broke in arithmetic and I passed her my pencil,
she took Peter's instead.
"Ask her," my mother said.
"Ask your friend why."

As a hurt little girl tells about a misunderstanding with her friend, "both author and illustrator show their understanding of how small children think and act."--Parent's Magazine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064431972
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1989
  • Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 227,834
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.31 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlotte Zolotow—author, editor, publisher, and educator—has one of the most distinguished reputations in the field of children's literature. She has written more than seventy books, many of which are picture-book classics, such as Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present and William's Doll. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Ben Shecter was born in New York Cityand studied at The High School ofMusic and Art and at the Yale Graduate School of Drama. He has writtenand illustrated many books for youngchildren, including Partouche PlantsA Seed; Conrad's Castle; and Inspector Rose. He also designs scenery and costumes for operas, ballets, and TV productions. Mr. Shecter lives in upstate New York.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    I read this when I was four, in 1971!!!

    This book made a Huge impression on me. I have a copy from when I was four years old, back in 1971! It truly reflects the way children behave when they are angry with one another, and the lack of insight about solving problems and social interactions. I read it many times through my childhood, and I always loved the part when she talked to her mother and she said, "ask her why". When I was a young teen and my best friend and I would get into arguments on time my eyes were opened wide, as I walked into the house and announced that I hate my best friend. My Dad burst out laughing and said, "She can't be your best friend if you hate her!" He was right. I went to her house and talked it out, because she was, in fact, my best friend. This book is all about that moment! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005

    Did you people read the book?

    This is a cute story about a little girl who is not getting along with her friend over a misunderstanding. They avoid each other because they think that the other doesn't like them. However, when they talk it out, they realize their confusion and decide that they were really friends all along. It has absolutely nothing to do with race or degeneration of society. It is a book that relates to children's experiences and encourages children to talk out their misunderstandings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2003

    this book isn't about hating

    I read some reviews about how this book is promoting hate. It is NOT promoting hate. If you read the book, you'll find out that it's about misunderstanding and gossip. The moral of the story is that you need to go to the source and talk to each other. It promotes communication. The book shows how a lack of communication can result in hatred. I think that some of the people who reviewed this book misunderstood ... or else they didn't read the book all the way through. This is a great book to read to children, but for really young children, you may have to discuss the moral with them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2002

    Outstanding age-appropriate treatment of the roots of hate

    In our world of learning and teaching tolerance and understanding, Charolotte Zolotow has provided a foundation for working with children (and the child within the rest of us). The lesson contained in this story that ALL of us can relate to is that misunderstandings and lack of honest communication can lead to hurtful actions, whereas an 'open forum' fosters friendship, and thus tolerance and love for one another.

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