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About the Author

Onur Tukel is an illustrator, painter, animator, and film maker. He divides is time between Durham, North Carolina, and New York City. Little Friends is his first book.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761462600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761462606
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,091,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Onur Tukel is a native of North Carolina and splits his time between Durham, NC and Brooklyn, NY. When he isn't writing/illustrating books, he's writing and directing independent movies.

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I like the diversity of the characters.
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This is a wonderful little book that children will enjoy.
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Would make a great "first" chapter book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Nelson VINE VOICE on December 19, 2012
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When I received the book, I grabbed it and cracked it open. The book is full of illustrations. Two of the characters remind me a lot of Stewie from The Family Guy.

The format and image quality of the book reminds me a lot of a comic book or a comic strip. There are a bunch of smaller pictures, each containing a sentence or so to read. The drawings are good, but nothing terrific. There are three chapters to the book. Rather than the chapters building off of each other, to me they seemed more like individual short stories.

I did have mixed feelings about the content of the book. The first "Chapter" of the book involves a three children and a tire swing. A boy named Barry had a tire swing on a tree. He is a bit of a bully and does not want to share. He gets mad when two girls decide to mount their own swing on the opposite side of the tree. The rest of the story involves garden shears, cutting each other's ropes, and one kids swing going flying through the air when they are in it. While the story did have a good moral to it, I found it a bit dark. It kind of left me with the same feeling as when I wake up in the morning and found I am out of coffee.

Once I got past the darkness of the first chapter, I thought the stories were wonderful. They showed kids using problem solving abilities and promote kindness and friendship.

I then gave the book to each of my three children of various ages. Here were their comments on the book:

5 year old: She did not like it because they were being rude to each other (referring to Chapter 1). She did like the pictures. Rated it 3 starts out of 5

6 year old: She told me that she liked the story, but thought Barry was too mean (again a reference to Chapter 1).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Tobias #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on December 20, 2012
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Three stories: one in fall, one in winter, and the last in the spring.

Four central characters, Sara and Louisa, a pair of friendly and rational girls, Barry, a reclusive boy with behavior issues (he's not bad, he's just drawn that way), and a tree at the top of the hill.

Three activities, a tree swing, a snow fort/man/ball fight, a storm.

These simple elements are combined with clear text and compelling art to produce three stories that even after several weeks of reading continue to evoke thoughtful comments, questions, and observations. (Mostly from my daughter.) That, to me, is a key feature for our bedtime stories that my daughter think about what I'm reading to her. (yes, she's four and still can't read... I'm sooo ashamed)

There is one potential negative....

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I don't want to give anything away but some parents may not feel it appropriate and want to make sure they were aware before purchasing the book....

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While nowhere near as melancholy and in "The Giving Tree", and with reference to how things continue in other forms, the tree dies in the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gene Cloner on January 2, 2013
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This is a really nice book to get kids to transition from early reader picture books to chapter books. This book has a story about sharing and some creative thinking that involves three main characters (two girls and a boy). There are three "chapters" and each of them is about a particular incidence and happen in different times of the year (seasons). One of them does involve some kind of physical revenge which I wasnt so sure about, however things are smooth overall. The book itself is an easy read - there is a picture and a passage on every page. The pictures are nicely done and very relevant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 7, 2012
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"Little Friends" by Onur Tukel is a delightful collection of stories celebrating the joys of friendship. Written in graphic novel format, each of the three chapters is set during fall, winter, and spring. The entire book is lavishly illustrated with vivid pictures depicting the antics of three children, i.e. Sara, Louisa, and Barry.

In "The Tire Swing", Sara and Louisa are neighbors and best friends who are wary of the boy across the street, a loner named Barry. They discover a tire swing on a hill and decide to play on it but Barry gets upset because he feels that the tire swing is his. A series of altercations follow before the three eventually compromise and become friends. In "The Snow Fortress", Louisa and Sara are out walking one winter's day when they see a beautiful snow fortress on a hill. This turns out to be Barry's creation but he won't let them enter to play. Instead he issues a challenge in which the two girls must be able to handle his snowballs and enter the fortress, so that they too can be the "kings of the universe". Initially the girls lose the challenge, but later come up with a clever plan to win. Finally, in "The Tree Stump", the trio's beloved tree gets felled by lightning one spring day, and they need to figure out what to do with the remaining stump. Sara finally comes up with a brilliant idea that saves the day!

Tukel's stories and illustrations are delightful as they perfectly capture the mannerisms and behavior patterns of young children which will endear these stories to young readers. I even found myself chuckling as I listened to my second grader reading this out loud, and we were both delighted by the stories and illustrations.
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