Me and Neesie

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Janell does everything with her best friend, Neesie, but Mama and Daddy can't seem to understand that Neesie's not made up. She's very real ... to Janell.

In Me & Neesie, Eloise Greenfield offers a reassuring story about the special place an imaginary friend and a loving, caring family have in a little girl's heart. First published in 1975, Me & Neesie was selected as a Reading Rainbow book. This special thirtieth anniversary edition ...

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Overview

Janell does everything with her best friend, Neesie, but Mama and Daddy can't seem to understand that Neesie's not made up. She's very real ... to Janell.

In Me & Neesie, Eloise Greenfield offers a reassuring story about the special place an imaginary friend and a loving, caring family have in a little girl's heart. First published in 1975, Me & Neesie was selected as a Reading Rainbow book. This special thirtieth anniversary edition has been illustrated with new, vibrant paintings by Jan Spivey Gilchrist.

Janell tells what happens to her invisible friend, Neesie, when Aunt Bea comes to visit.

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Janell, a young African-American girl, lives in a happy home with loving parents, but has no friends her own age. Much to her mother's consternation, she invents Nessie, a mischievous child who shares her secrets and makes her laugh at all the wrong times. The situation begins to get out of hand when crotchety Aunt Bea arrives for a visit, but is resolved when Janell goes to school for the first time and makes friends with the children in her class. This thirtieth anniversary edition Me & Nessie, remains fresh and charming. It has been updated with colorful new illustrations that will appeal to its target audience of preschool to third grade. 2005 (orig. 1975), HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 4 to 8.
—Joyce Schwartz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060007027
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: Amistad Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Eloise Greenfield is the author of an illustrious list of books for young people, including The Friendly Four, a Texas 2x2 Reading List book; In the Land of Words, an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts; and How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, winner of a Bank Street Children's Book Award—all illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. She is a recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award; the Coretta Scott King Author Award; the Award of Excellence from the Washington, D.C., branch of the National Writing Project; the Milner Award; the Hope S. Dean Award from the Foundation for Children's Literature; and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Ms. Greenfield lives in Washington, D.C.

Jan Spivey Gilchrist illustrated the Coretta Scott King Award Book Nathaniel Talking, the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Night on Neighborhood Street, and Me & Neesie, all written by Eloise Greenfield. She wrote and co-illustrated My America with Ashley Bryan, which was named a Parents' Choice Recommended Award winner. An inductee into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, Ms. Gilchrist received an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College and a doctoral degree in English from Madison University. She lives near Chicago, Illinois.

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