My Friend

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"I am a most unusual animal. But no one seems to know just what I am."

Everyone tries to categorize the remarkable creature, but while he may not know what he is, he knows very well what he isn't—"a cat, a rat, a lion, a wild boar, or hippopotamus.

Then one day he meets an equally unusual animal who accepts him for himself. "I know what you are," she tells him. "You are my friend."

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Overview

"I am a most unusual animal. But no one seems to know just what I am."

Everyone tries to categorize the remarkable creature, but while he may not know what he is, he knows very well what he isn't—"a cat, a rat, a lion, a wild boar, or hippopotamus.

Then one day he meets an equally unusual animal who accepts him for himself. "I know what you are," she tells him. "You are my friend."

This sweet, simple story will gladden the hearts of all children who have ever felt "different."

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PreS-K-This well-intentioned story ultimately misses the mark. The narrator informs readers that, "I am a most unusual animal." This observation is not an understatement as the illustrations show an animal that is an odd amalgam of applique, fabrics, and stitchery vaguely resembling a dog or a sheep. In each of its encounters, it is mistaken for something that it is not-a monkey, a rat, a pigeon, or even a lion. Finally the whatsit meets another creature nearly as curious looking who is able to see beyond the surface and recognize a kindred spirit. While the message is commendable, it may be lost on children distracted by the frequently morphing appearance of the narrator, represented on different pages in alternating colors and textures. Readers are sure to wonder if a new character has been introduced or, as is the case, if the creature has just changed from its original appearance. A rather thin story, complicated by a perplexing visual presentation detracts substantially from this title.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735819948
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 7.86 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Beatrice Alemagna was born in Bologna, Italy. She graduated from the Istituto Superiore for industrial arts in Urbino, Italy. She has won numerous international awards for her illustration. She now lives in Paris, France, where she works as an author and illustrator as well as a designer of childrens books, posters and collages.

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