This is about friendship and differences; about the ups and downs, ins and outs of having a friend, being a friend, and keeping a friend. Sometimes it's cultural and racial differences, or distance that might separate friends. Ages 5-8.
|Publisher:||Magical Book Works|
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.08(d)|
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite In and Out, All 'Round About: Opposite Friends is a children's picture book for grades K-3 written by Penelope Anne Cole and illustrated by Agy Wilson. They may not always agree and often seem to be going in totally different directions, but the girl and boy in this tale are the best of friends. These opposite friends are seen as they grow up together, from the early days of playing on jungle gyms and climbing trees, to running and playing on the city streets where they live. They seem to work in an easy and instinctively cooperative fashion, even when they disagree or have the inevitable arguments. One set of panels has them disconsolate over losing a soccer game and jubilant over a victory. Another has them camping out under a starry sky, and while one is reading and the other gazing at the stars, their contentment with each other's company shines brightly. Penelope Anne Cole's picture book for children, grades K-3, In and Out, All 'Round About: Opposite Friends, celebrates friendship and the joy it brings to those lucky enough to have a best friend. This story is a perfect primer for new readers. Cole chooses her word pairs carefully and doles them out sparingly, making sure each set makes the biggest impact on the reader. Her story is filled with movement and the easy give and take that characterizes a good friendship. We see her friends running down city streets, playing sports and board games, even dressing up as grownups, and you can tell they will stay friends for life, in spite of distance, difference or other barriers. Agy Wilson's illustrations fit the story line perfectly and add to the feeling of motion Cole’s words evoke throughout the text. Each panel is rich in detail, and anyone who's ever spent any time in San Francisco will no doubt delight in recognizing some familiar landmarks, city streets and intersections. In and Out, All 'Round About: Opposite Friends is most highly recommended.
Penelope Anne Cole’s newest release, In and Out, All ‘Round About—Opposite Friends, illustrated by Agy Wilson, is an endearing rhyming book that teaches of enduring friendship despite differences and distance. In and Out is a great read-aloud for children which may also be used in the classroom to teach about opposites and cultural diversity. It will be a terrific tool for generating conversation and open dialogue regarding differences amongst all of us. It proves that differences between kids are not an obstacle but can and should be something to celebrate and build solid friendships upon. As is typical of Penelope Anne Cole’s writing style, she teaches solid values in such a storytelling way that kids will not even be aware of all they are learning. Ms. Wilson’s vividly colorful and beautiful illustrations give life to Cole’s voice. A must read for all children ages 5-8! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review. This review consists of my honest opinions, not influenced in any way by the author or publisher.
What a wonderful book by Penelope Anne Cole for teaching children to get along in spite of our differences. The two children in the book are different in gender, race, likes, looks, and feelings, but none of that matters. They put their differences aside and enjoy playing together. This is a great book for Kindergarten through early elementary school children. Teachers may want to read it to their classes during discussions of diversity. It’s also a great book for teaching opposites. The wonderful illustrations by Agy Wilson are colorful and beautifully enhance the book’s theme. I plan to read and discuss it with my 5 year old grandson before he heads off to Kindergarten next week. We need more books to encourage people to get along. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Penelope Anne Cole’s "In and Out, All ‘Round About – Opposite Friends" is a book with a beautiful message in rhythmic verse. It’s about a friendship between a boy and a girl of different races who share the various ups and downs of young life. Even when they end up moving away from each other, their friendship endures. Opposites in general, and how they fit into the lives of these two kids, are featured in verse and repetitive patterns. Agy Wilson’s illustrations are beautifully executed—they bring the moments these two friends share fully to life. "In and Out, All ‘Round About – Opposite Friends" is an excellent choice for schools, libraries and homes. Please note: I reviewed a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion/review.