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My Friend Hardcover – April 8, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: North-South (April 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735819939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735819931
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,690,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-This well-intentioned story ultimately misses the mark. The narrator informs readers that, "I am a most unusual animal." This observation is not an understatement as the illustrations show an animal that is an odd amalgam of appliqué, fabrics, and stitchery vaguely resembling a dog or a sheep. In each of its encounters, it is mistaken for something that it is not-a monkey, a rat, a pigeon, or even a lion. Finally the whatsit meets another creature nearly as curious looking who is able to see beyond the surface and recognize a kindred spirit. While the message is commendable, it may be lost on children distracted by the frequently morphing appearance of the narrator, represented on different pages in alternating colors and textures. Readers are sure to wonder if a new character has been introduced or, as is the case, if the creature has just changed from its original appearance. A rather thin story, complicated by a perplexing visual presentation detracts substantially from this title.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
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About the Author

Beatrice Alemagna was born in Bologna, Italy. She graduated from the Istituto Superiore for industrial arts in Urbino, Italy. She has won numerous international awards for her illustration. She now lives in Paris, France, where she works as an author and illustrator, as well as a designer of childrens books, posters, and collages.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Honest Reviewer on February 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am surprised that this book only has one other review so far! As the other reviewer said, it might be an obscure book so it may not be as widely available. But fortunately, Amazon's got it!

I'm so glad to have come across this wonderful book! It is a simple, yet very touching story. The text is comprehensive for younger children, like preschool, but the theme itself can be used with older children. It ties "being different" with "establishing friendship", two major strands that children of all ages encounter. As an Early Childhood Educator and aspiring teacher, I think that this idea about being genuine to yourself (not trying to be someone you're not) and realizing that there are people (e.g. true friends) out there who will look beyond your appearance is an extremely important idea to teach children from an early age.

This book is all about modelling uniqueness, difference in people and imperfect beauty. So in keeping with the theme, I think that the fabric art that the author has chosen as the illustration is an excellent and creative choice. The mix of embroidery, sewing, frayed edges of fabric, contrasting and complementary colours work so well together. Pay close attention to the artwork on every page because the animals look different as the story progresses! Children who adore colours, textures and subtleness will appreciate the changing compositions! It may even inspire an art project among the children!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ebm on December 21, 2006
Format: Library Binding
My Friend is such a beautiful book, both illustrations and text. Not only is it unique, it glorifies uniqueness, which should be seen as good trait, anyway. I've looked in a few bookstores and it's never available in store because of it being more of an obscure book, which is unfortunate. Definitely recommended!
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