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Friends and Pals and Brothers, Too Hardcover – April 29, 2008

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PreSchool-Grade 2—Two young brothers, nicknamed Bear and Squirrel, enjoy spending time with one another. They go on nature hikes, rake leaves, and sleep outside in tents. These simple pleasures highlight the siblings' closeness throughout the year: "In spring we bring out balls and bats./We look for frogs. We pet strange cats." Told in uncomplicated verse, one short line per page, this unassuming book captures the warmth and delight of being best friends. The rhyming is easy and predictable with only one instance in which the ending words do not work as a pair ("jokes"/"coats"). The childlike, unembellished watercolor and pencil illustrations fit the text perfectly, and the muted colors underscore the simplicity and joyful intimacy of the boys' relationship. This title would work best in small-group readings and one-on-one sharing.—Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN
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“A dear piece of work. Wilson’s easy, rhymed text has a pleasing bounce and echo; it plays as background music to Landry’s irresistible watercolors.”

—Kirkus Reviews


“An easy-to-like ode to sibling relationships.”



“Captures the warmth and delight of being best friends.”

—School Library Journal


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805076433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805076431
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,927,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Williams on November 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Adorable cartoon-like illustrations by Leo Landry accompany this happy ode to brothers everywhere! The cute rhyming text flows really well. "We puddle jump. We swing from bars. We make up shapes in clouds and stars."
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By JMeyer on June 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My boys love this book. I've ordered several for gifts after borrowing it from the library. (Filler words to meet Amazon requirements)
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Format: Hardcover
Delightful book
My 2yr old loves it
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