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Four Friends in the Garden Hardcover – June 3, 2004

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PreS–Though it lacks the internal cohesion and satisfying conclusion of Four Friends Together (Candlewick, 2003), this follow-up tale nonetheless holds lots of appeal, thanks to Heap's bold, playful acrylic illustrations and lovable characters. Florentina, a great big flowery bear; Rachel, a rabbit; Seymour, a sheep; and a little girl named Mary Clare enjoy the outdoors. When a butterfly lands on Florentina's foot, she calls everyone over to see it, but it flies away before they have a chance. The companions race around the garden chasing it, but the butterfly only comes to see them once they sit still and remain quiet–and by then, Florentina has disappeared. All ends happily, however, as she appears just in time to serve lemonade to her friends and greet the butterfly, which lands on her nose. The interactions among the characters are real and caring, and the simple text and colorful illustrations will work well in toddler storytimes.–Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
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"The pleasures and difficulties of sharing are warmly demonstrated. Jostling for position, respecting each other, not leaving anyone out... all are touched on." The Guardian on "Four Friends Together" The sequel to "Four Friends Together"." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 4 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (June 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763623717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763623715
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 10 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,877,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After graduating from Hull College of Art, Sue Heap worked in animation and as a designer at several children's book publishers. Sue has illustrated over thirty children's books, including Cowboy Baby for which she won the prestigious Smarties Prize. She's lived in many places including Egypt, Germany and Singapore, and now lives in Oxfordshire.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Five and six year olds liked this simple story of friends playing in the garden, but they loved the illustrations! Girls and boys agreed that if the tale had been longer, with more antics by the bear, rabbit, sheep and human characters, it would better entertain an older (kindergarten) audience. All enjoyed the surprise ending and would like to have been part of this carefree game of hide and seek. Student reviewers recommend this title as a read aloud for pre-schoolers.
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By Damon Perry on July 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
It was one of the many books for my sons summer reading. He enjoys the book.
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