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Matthew and Tilly
     

Matthew and Tilly

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by Rebecca C. Jones, Beth Peck (Illustrator)
 

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Set in the diverse neighborhood of a big city, this poignant and universal story of friendship tells about two best pals who share everything together—even making up after a quarrel.
 
“Children will recognize their own relationships in the ebb and flow of Matthew and Tilly’s friendship.”—Booklist
 

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Set in the diverse neighborhood of a big city, this poignant and universal story of friendship tells about two best pals who share everything together—even making up after a quarrel.
 
“Children will recognize their own relationships in the ebb and flow of Matthew and Tilly’s friendship.”—Booklist
 
“There can never be too many books about the importance of friendship and forgiveness—especially when they are of this caliber.”—Publisher’s Weekly
 
“This modest story line swells with the visual excitement of Peck’s paintings. . . . Their power lingers in the mind long after they have been seen.”—School Library Journal

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“Children will recognize their own relationships in the ebb and flow of Matthew and Tilly’s friendship.”—Booklist
 
“There can never be too many books about the importance of friendship and forgiveness—especially when they are of this caliber.”—Publisher’s Weekly
 
“This modest story line swells with the visual excitement of Peck’s paintings . . . Their power lingers in the mind long after they have been seen.”—School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Matthew and Tilly live in the same neighborhood in the heart of a big city, and they do everything together: ride bikes, play street games, sell lemonade. But even the best of friends quarrel now and then--in this case, a broken purple crayon is the problem, and Matthew and Tilly go their separate ways. It is not long, though, before the two realize that everything is more fun when they have each other. Apologies come quickly and easily, and the two are ``together again.'' This is not an unfamiliar tale, but it is told here with simple eloquence and poignancy. Text and illustrations are beautifully balanced: Peck's depiction of Matthew, sitting dejectedly on the stairs of his apartment building, seems to make the words ``By himself'' ring with loneliness. There can never be too many books about the importance of friendship and forgiveness--especially when they are of this caliber. The fact that Matthew is white and Tilly is African-American adds further merit to this exemplary effort. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- Matthew and Tilly, a pair of inner-city kids, are close friends. They play and work together every day. But even the best of friends occasionally get on one another's nerves, and when a crayon breaks, so does the relationship. However, all that is needed is a cool-down period and soon Matthew and Tilly are back in favor with each other. This modest story line swells with the visual excitement of Peck's paintings. The dreary streets of a decaying city are depicted in somber shades and broad brush strokes, brightened here and there by the light on crates of sidewalk vegetables, or the bright red of vending machines. The gloom of their estrangement is feelingly pictured as Matthew sits alone in a dark, barren stairwell. These pictures seem to owe something to the post-Impressionist work of Paul Cezanne, but are by no means merely imitative or derivative. Their power lingers in the mind long after they have been seen. --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140556407
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Series:
Puffin Unicorn Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
226,449
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Rebecca C. Jones is the author of sixteen books for children. She's written for newspapers, magazines, textbooks, and even TV stations. Most of her books have been fiction, based on things that happened to her or to someone she knows. But her most recent books—and all of her newspaper and magazine articles—have been nonfiction, about things that really did happen. She especially likes learning and writing about real people who did interesting things a long time ago.

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Matthew and Tilly 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in first grade and I continue to read it to my cousins as a senior in high school.My favorite book of all time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story for young children with lessons about friendship and forgiveness.
linnearuns More than 1 year ago
In short, Matthew and Tilly are the best of friends who do everything together. After spending so much time together, they have a fight and need some time apart. A short time later, they realize how much they miss each other and forgive one another and the resilience of their friendship returns. I love using this book with my students. Its a perfect text to use when talking about themes within a text. Children can understand having an argument in a relationship. Its a great book to show that relationships can have ups and downs, and how we can forgive each other.