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My Friend and I Hardcover – March 29, 1999


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  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 29, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395935458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395935453
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,906,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When a boy moves in next door, the story's narrator, a little girl with very long brown braids, quickly becomes his friend. "We lined up all of our toys," she says. "We had three dolls, two cars, four trucks, two bears, one lion, six balls, two soldiers, and some string." But one day the friends tussle over the boy's new stuffed bunny, leaving the toy without ears and the relationship on the rocks?until the pair figures out how to patch things up, figuratively and literally. Jahn-Clough (123 Yippie) never betrays her narrator's perspective, neither in the text nor in her paintings. Childlike compositions in circus colors, applied with thick strokes, capture the winning earnestness and gleeful creativity of a schoolroom art project. The comic finale?in which the children celebrate their repaired friendship by plastering all their toys with Band-Aids?gets the point across efficiently and agreeably. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-A young girl is thrilled when a boy her age moves in next door, and the two neighbors begin to play together. Complications arise when the boy gets a new toy that he does not want to share. While fighting over the stuffed bunny, the children break it, severing their relationship along with the rabbit's ears. Trying to have fun playing on her own, the girl finds that she misses her friend, and goes to help him fix the toy. He accepts her help and the two make up. This basic tale of conflict and resolution will comfort youngsters just beginning to learn about friendship. Childlike artwork in vivid colors adds to the appeal of the simple text. The understated message that friendship includes sorrow and forgiveness makes this a solid choice for young audiences.
Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Lisa Jahn-Clough grew up on the coast of Maine to a painter mother and zoologist father. She knew from a very early age that she was going to become a writer and an artist, and started making and selling her first hand-made books in 1990. She now has fifteen books published (picture books and young adult novels). Her upcoming novel is Nothing But Blue (Houghton/Harcourt, spring 2013).
Lisa has always been interested in learning so she did her undergraduate studies at Hampshire College, and went on to receive her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She then become a professor as well as an author/illustrator. She was writer-in-residence for nine years at Emerson College, chair of Illustration at the Maine College of Art, and taught at both the low-residency MFA programs of Vermont College of Fine Arts and Hamline University. She is currently a professor at Rowan University.
Lisa lives with her partner, the author/illustrator Ed Briant, and their two dogs in southern New Jersey and Portland, Maine.

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the page size and print and the beauty of the illustrations are lost in a kindle format... buy the book instead
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1999
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I liked this book a lot. It is funny, especially the band-aid part. I laughed a lot.
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