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Too Close Friends
     

Too Close Friends

by Shen Roddie, Sally Anne Lambert (Illustrator)
 
An insightful look at how tall hedges make good neighbors Can two close friends be too close? When a hedge is trimmed down between the homes of best friends Pig and Hippo, each gets more of a view of the other than they bargained for. Is that Hippo chewing on all sixteen of his toenails? Is that Pig trying to squeeze into her tutu after devouring an entire plateful

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An insightful look at how tall hedges make good neighbors Can two close friends be too close? When a hedge is trimmed down between the homes of best friends Pig and Hippo, each gets more of a view of the other than they bargained for. Is that Hippo chewing on all sixteen of his toenails? Is that Pig trying to squeeze into her tutu after devouring an entire plateful of doughnuts? Fluttering flamingos! Wallowing walruses! Will their friendship ever recover from such unsettling sights? This wise and witty tale gives a revealing look into the bounds of friendship and the value of privacy.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2A tale of neighborliness gone wild. Pig and Hippo are good friends. They live next door to one another, separated by a tall hedge. Six days of the week they spend together. They share peppermint tea, chocolate doughnuts, and mud baths. On Sundays, though, they stay in their own houses. One Sunday, Hippo takes it into his head to cut down the hedge between them. Thus begins all of the trouble, for what they see puts a damper on their friendship. Hippo, to Pig's disgust, chews on his toenails. Pig, to Hippo's horror, stuffs an entire pile of doughnuts and cupcakes into her mouth at once. Both are so appalled at the other's behavior and so angry about being spied upon that they stop their visits. Then the hedge grows back and the two animals, lonely for one another's company, resume their special times together. Cheerful watercolors give life to Pig and Hippo's personalities, complete with good intentions and failings. While lacking the tongue-in-cheek cleverness of James Marshall's "George and Martha" books (Houghton) or the endearing sweetness of Gabrielle Vincent's "Ernest and Celestine" stories (Morrow), this gentle tale reinforces the notion that good fences, or hedges, make good neighbors.Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803721883
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.31(d)
Lexile:
580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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