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Gaspard and Lisa Friends Forever (Gaspard and Lisa Books) Hardcover – September 9, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Gaspard and Lisa Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375822534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375822537
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 7.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Gaspard and Lisa have been best friends for a long time ("since last year") and this endearing book in Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben's charming series of small square books tells the story of their friendship. Despite the fact that he is the only dog in a classroom of humans, Gaspard (a black dog) thinks Lisa (a white dog) looks weird. (And a trifle unwashed, to boot.) But everyone else thinks they look like brother and sister, and when he vociferously protests the comparison, Gaspard and Lisa have their first fight. Things look up when Gaspard discovers that Lisa is a very fast runner and she helps his team win the race. From then on, they are fast friends. Fans of the series will love learning the back story, and those unfamiliar with the dynamic duo will enjoy the sweet tale of a budding, if-at-first-rocky friendship. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dragonflies & Autumn Leaves on November 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Gaspard and Lisa books have a charm that makes them stand out among children's books. My 4 year old loves them, and so do I. You immediately fall in love with the simple, adorable characters. The characters think and tell the story very much the way a small child would. I think "misadventures" is a good name, as they tell their tales, with a bit of the common "misbehaviors" of small children throughout, without the grown-up message-driven overtone of "this is what you OUGHT to do or think," but rather simply from a child's viewpoint of the types of thoughts a child is likely to experience in such a situation. This book portrays the two characters at first not getting along. Lisa is new to Gaspard's class, and Gaspard perhaps is driven a bit by jealousy, not liking everyone saying Lisa must be his sister because they look so much alike. But eventually they end up becoming friends when he discovers Lisa is good at (a sport I believe) and wants her on his team. Perhaps not the most noble of reasons (it is somewhat selfish, and he is not thinking so much about being nice to her because of what she is feeling) but they are very realistic types of thoughts and feelings that a young person experiences. And in the end it portrays a very sweet friendship developed in a very realistic manner. The paintings are a delightful compliment to the feel of the stories. It reminds me of how I feel when I read and look at the original A.A. Milne Winnie the Pooh books and illustrations. Simple, not overly done with detail, but just the right hint of something wonderful to set your imagination free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Dinsmore on October 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Of all the Lisa & Gaspard books this one is my least favorite. Could it be politically incorrect or was something lost in the translation from French to English? BTW are they dogs or rabbits or something in between?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zzshop on December 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The illustrations are great and I love how fluid the stories are - a little strange and very funny - just like kids are.
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By library lady on April 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I found this book adorable and enjoyable. I use it in story time quite a bit and the younger set loves it! Highly recommended.
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More About the Author

Anne Gutman was a book designer before teaming up with her husband to write stories. She is the author of the best-selling George and Lily picture books, published in over 15 countries. She lives in Paris with their two young children.