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In this delightful companion book to the acclaimed Me and You, two friends discover the joy of togetherness. Award-winning author-illustrator Genevi?ve C?t? returns with another endearing story featuring two very different friends. After falling out over a spilled wagon of toys, a fussy bunny and an exuberant piggy explore all the things they can do without each other ? and gradually realize that life is much sweeter when it's shared with one another. This gently humorous, charmingly illustrated look at the ups ...
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Overview

In this delightful companion book to the acclaimed Me and You, two friends discover the joy of togetherness. Award-winning author-illustrator Genevi?ve C?t? returns with another endearing story featuring two very different friends. After falling out over a spilled wagon of toys, a fussy bunny and an exuberant piggy explore all the things they can do without each other ? and gradually realize that life is much sweeter when it's shared with one another. This gently humorous, charmingly illustrated look at the ups and downs of friendship is a book you won't want to do without.
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Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Back in the day, there was a rock and roll song that proclaimed "Got along without you before I met you, I can get along without you now." Cote offers a much softer riff on the way this perspective misses the point that once we have gotten along with a friend, it is a loss to get along without them. She uses rather minimal text and charming line drawings accented with color to show a pig and a rabbit who are perfectly capable of doing things well all alone—but who also recognize that while one can read a book without the other, the book is much funnier when it is shared with a friend. The book becomes a wonderful tribute to how sharing expands our imagination and the power of our experiences so that music is sweeter and colors are brighter when shared—something as commonplace as a wagon can turn into an airplane when imaginative play is a shared experience. This is one of those books that is an important reminder to adults about the importance of supporting play and imagination. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
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PreS-K—This gentle title will show youngsters the value and rewards of friendship. The bunny and pig from Me and You (Kids Can, 2009) return. This time they are both in a huff, which leads to a quarrel. Each one focuses on the other's shortcomings; "You're so careless! You fuss over any little mess!" They sulk and think they'd be perfectly happy without the other… for a while. Soon enough, they realize that everything they do is more fun and a far richer experience when they do it together: "But my book is funnier when I read it with you! And my cookies taste better when I share them with you!" Spare text with breezy artwork done in mixed media using pastel hues and plenty of white space provides a light, age-appropriate tone to the lovely story. Facial expressions and body language are subtle yet highlight the animals' changing moods. A dramatic little frog is tucked into the corner of several pages, providing an extra character for children to discover. Pair this with Barbara Joosse's Friends (Mostly) (HarperCollins, 2010) or Polly Dunbar's Where's Tumpty? (Candlewick, 2009) for a themed storytime.—Anne Beier, Clifton Public Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554536207
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 535,841
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    Don't Go "Without" This Lovely Book...

    This is a deceptively simple story. After my first read through I thought, "Hmmmm, that wasn't too exciting." But then I read it with my six year old and realized what a pitch perfect story it is for that age group. The author has zeroed in on an entirely age-appropriate way to model conflict resolution. The fact that the illustrations are enormously appealing, is just a great, big bonus. The pig and the bunny are the best of friends and love to do everything together, but they have exact opposite personalities. The pig is apparently carefree and the bunny is very careful. (Note: the bunny and the pig are never named in the story) At the start, the bunny can't take the pig's carelessness and doesn't want to play anymore. The pig says that's quite all right, I won't even miss you. The next few pages are about all the things they can do without each other, until they both realize all the activities are better shared together. They reconcile that they are very different, but that is what makes their friendship so special. A heady message for young children, but a crucial one as they are navigating the social scene that is pre-school and kindergarten.

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