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Slow Days, Fast Friends Hardcover – January 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807574376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807574379
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,412,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–This simple story conveys several complex messages about friendship, healing, and perspective. Howard the cheetah lives life fast–until he hurts his leg. He is humbled by his injury and must move slowly, more slowly than the slowest creature, Quince the sloth. Now moving with Quince at his pace, Howard learns the joys of dew on orchids, a splendid sunrise, and of pleasures gained from watching, listening, and thinking. As time passes, his leg heals, and he takes Quince on a whirlwind tour of the joys of being fast, such as wind in their hair and running circles around everything that moves. In the end, they achieve a balance together. The color cartoon illustrations, full of expressive animal faces, prettify the jungle animals and give a sense of the wilds of Africa as neat and clean. This quiet story is an additional purchase.–JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA
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"This simple story conveys several complex messages about friendship, healing, and perspective."

School Library Journal

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather Martin on August 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My son picked this up at the library tonight and we HAD to read it before bed. All three kids crowded around and sat quietly for the whole book. I saw them looking through it many times before they went to bed.

The illustrations are excellent. All the kids commented on how much they liked them and I was equally impressed. The story was sweet and appropriate for our family (the oldest can't slow down either!) I know that this will open many talks about slowing down to see the details we miss when we run too fast.

As the 6-year-old was going to bed he pointed to the picture of the cheetah and said, "I'm going to be that guy." That's his highest compliment to a book - wanting to become one of the characters.

Read this book to any child who runs fast or moves slowly. Both will benefit from the lessons taught here.
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