Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley

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A delightfully uplifting tale about self-belief, courage, and?above all?the power of friendship. Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley are the best of friends. But they are different in almost every way: Pearl loves solving mysteries and moves rather fast in the world, and Charlie likes taking leisurely baths and watching his flowers grow. So how can Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley be such good friends?
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Overview


A delightfully uplifting tale about self-belief, courage, and?above all?the power of friendship. Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley are the best of friends. But they are different in almost every way: Pearl loves solving mysteries and moves rather fast in the world, and Charlie likes taking leisurely baths and watching his flowers grow. So how can Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley be such good friends?
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* "Splendid visual treatment. . . .Make sure to note Charlie's wonderfully expressive eyebrows; they, like this book, stand out." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
School Library Journal

K-Gr 1

A simple tale of friendship between two children who are as different as night and day. Where Pearl is loud and boisterous, Charlie is quiet and thoughtful. When Pearl forgets her mittens on a cold day, Charlie helps to keep her hands warm. Conversely, when Charlie is feeling down, Pearl cheers him up. Clearly the audience can see that these children admire the opposing personality traits that they find in one another. Blabey's painterly illustrations, rendered in acrylics and mixed media on board, allow readers to see the texture of the canvas in the characters' faces, clothes, and even in the scenery. The sometimes curving text adds levity to Pearl's exuberant moments. Use this offering as a supplement for friendship-themed storytimes.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

Kirkus Reviews
A friendship of opposites receives splendid visual treatment. Pearl Barley solves mysteries, chatters and "likes to run amok," while bashful Charlie Parsley waters daisies, peruses The Benefits of Wearing Felt and hunkers down beneath a pile of pillows. Pearl motorcycle-jumps over a chasm balancing teacups on one foot and a fishbowl on the other, while red yarn swoops down from her wrist into the skein from which Charlie sits calmly knitting. Valiant Pearl's sword and newspaper hat chase away Charlie's fears as she confidently holds him piggyback; Charlie's "lovely beside manner" comforts tired Pearl as he brings her warm milk. Blabey's spirited and energetic paintings use acrylic and mixed media on textured board. Compositions vary boldly (Charlie's shyness shows him peeping in from off-page), and deadpan humor runs throughout. The control of color shines: Low-intensity tertiary colors are highlighted with bright bits, while black-and-white pages reveal fatigue, fear, cold and feeling "small or lonely or just plain blue." Make sure to note Charlie's wonderfully expressive eyebrows; they, like this book, stand out. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590785966
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 632,567
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Aaron Blabey is a well-known award-winning Australian actor who has starred in numerous Australian television series, including Stingers and Crashburn. He is now winning acclaim with his unique paintings that depict his life and
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