My Best Friend

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A little girl eagerly welcomes her best friend to spend the night. She is glad to have a friend who can run faster, climb higher, and jump farther than anyone else. But when the lights are turned out and the visitor is afraid, the little girl proves what best friends are for. "once again Hutchins captures the simple elements of a child's life in a heartwarming story, steeped in truth....A must."--Booklist.

Despite differences in abilities, two little girls appreciate...

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Overview

A little girl eagerly welcomes her best friend to spend the night. She is glad to have a friend who can run faster, climb higher, and jump farther than anyone else. But when the lights are turned out and the visitor is afraid, the little girl proves what best friends are for. "once again Hutchins captures the simple elements of a child's life in a heartwarming story, steeped in truth....A must."--Booklist.

Despite differences in abilities, two little girls appreciate each other and are "best friends."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The latest picture book from the creator of Silly Billy! and Tidy Titch offers a look at how the strengths and weaknesses of best friends tend to play off each other. Two ebullient African American girls demonstrate that someone who can run fast, climb high, untie her shoes and read books is certainly special. But being able to comfort a chum when she is frightened is equally important. Laudably, the girl who doesn't run fast or read never feels inadequate, nor does her best friend act superior. With their numerous homey touches, Hutchins's gouache paintings enliven the very slight text, making this a supportive slice of life. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- What qualities make for a best friend? To the narrator of this book, they include knowing how to run, climb, and jump better than anybody else. The ability to eat spaghetti without dropping any on the table also helps. The two little girls appear to be about the same age, but their skill levels are quite different. One knows how to paint neatly, untie her shoelaces, and button her pajamas; the other does not. When the night wind blows the curtains, however, it is the less accomplished child who has the common sense and bravery to deal with the situation. The story is heartfelt and reassuring, and the friends gaze at one another with true affection and admiration. Hutchins's artistic skill is reflected in the juxtaposition of background scenes reflecting tidiness and chaos, but her depictions of the black children with their huge claylike heads and buck teeth are exaggerated and lifeless. --Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library
Deborah Abbott
Once again Hutchins captures the simple elements of a child's life in a heartwarming story, steeped in truth. A young girl enthusiastically welcomes her best friend to spend the night. The friend can do all sorts of things the little girl hasn't quite mastered. Whether it is running, jumping, eating spaghetti, painting, untying shoes, buttoning clothes, or reading, the friend accomplishes all these tasks with aplomb. But when the light is turned out at bedtime, the friend, afraid of the dark, finds comfort in the presence of someone who is brave and reassuring. The story contains no hint of competition or jealousy, just a healthy dose of respect and sharing. The brightly hued gouache paintings depict the play and quiet times to a tee. Hutchins' distinctive characters and her superb sense of detail--such as a bespectacled friend--show a relationship all children crave. For preschool story hours, this book's a must.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688114855
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 271,952
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.87 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Hutchins, one of seven children, was born in Yorkshire, England, and grew up in the surrounding countryside, which she still loves. At a very early age she knew that she wanted to be an artist and was encouraged by an elderly couple who would give her a chocolate bar for each picture she drew. A local art school offered her a scholarship and she studied there for three years, continuing her training at Leeds College of Art, where she specialized in illustration. Her career in the children's book field began with the highly acclaimed Rosie's Walk, a 1968 ALA Notable Book. Since then she has written five novels and created more than twenty-five picture books. She was awarded England's prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 1974 for The Wind Blew. Pat Hutchins lives with her husband in London, England.

Pat Hutchins, one of seven children, was born in Yorkshire, England, and grew up in the surrounding countryside, which she still loves. At a very early age she knew that she wanted to be an artist and was encouraged by an elderly couple who would give her a chocolate bar for each picture she drew. A local art school offered her a scholarship and she studied there for three years, continuing her training at Leeds College of Art, where she specialized in illustration. Her career in the children's book field began with the highly acclaimed Rosie's Walk, a 1968 ALA Notable Book. Since then she has written five novels and created more than twenty-five picture books. She was awarded England's prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 1974 for The Wind Blew. Pat Hutchins lives with her husband in London, England.

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