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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (April 13, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064431975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064431972
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When a girl's friend ignores her completely, all bad feelings get out of hand, in this gentle look at friendship. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Charlotte Zolotow—author, editor, publisher, and educator—has one of the most distinguished reputations in the field of children's literature. She has written more than seventy books, many of which are picture-book classics, such as Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present and William's Doll. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.



Ben Shecter was born in New York Cityand studied at The High School ofMusic and Art and at the Yale Graduate School of Drama. He has writtenand illustrated many books for youngchildren, including Partouche PlantsA Seed; Conrad's Castle; and Inspector Rose. He also designs scenery and costumes for operas, ballets, and TV productions. Mr. Shecter lives in upstate New York.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2004
Format: School & Library Binding
This book takes children through their own feelings when slighted by a friend. After bringing the intended audience (your child) into total sympathy of the "angry" child, Zolotow presents the other child's view. Wow, all of a sudden the main character, and your child, realize they were wrong. They should not have jumped to conclusions, been quick to judge, or acted rashly. What a wonderful, nonpreaching way to teach character development to young children who are just learning to reason!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on February 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
As a student in the Early Childhood Education department this book was assigned to us for review. I thought it portrayed the thoughts of a young girl in a realistic manner. I don't encourage my children to use the word "hate" either, but I am not naive enough to think that when loose in the world they always behave the way I would like. We try our best, but ultimately...you give them roots and wings.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cady Hayden on September 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a kids point of view about a misunderstanding and the emotions that are felt by both sides. This young girl hate hates her friend and can't figure out why her friend is being so rotten to her. Her mom tells her to just ask her why but she is too embarassed and just won't bring herself to confront her friend and says, "I couldn't, I'd rather die. No- if that's the way she's going to be, it's quite okay with me." Her attitude is that of a stubborn child and I think most kids can relate to this character. Everything is smoothed over in the end and the moral shows that communication is key. Illustrations are basic sketches with only red, yellow, pink and brown colors.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on January 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
There are three negative reviews to this book, which largely all rehash the argument "OMG! HATE IS BAD! THIS BOOK IS BAD! NOOOO!"

As near as I can figure, these people looked at the title and stopped looking.

To sum up... this book isn't about "teaching kids to hate". And it's not about hating either. It's about children being angry and making up at the end with the mother's sage advice "You should really just talk to her". (What an idea! When you're angry at somebody, talk to them, get their side of the story!) It's about resolving conflicts peacefully with your words, and about not being too scared to make amends.

Even if your family doesn't use the word "hate", that doesn't mean your children don't have those same feelings. They do - you've just robbed them of a way to express themselves.

I did find the artwork is a little dull, though.
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Format: Paperback
This is the story of two girls who hate each other. Yesterday they were good friends, but not anymore. Something happened.

"Ask her," one mother says, "ask her why." But the little hater answers simply, "I couldn't. I'd rather die. No--if that's the way she's going to be, it's quite okay with me."

What both girls don't know is that the hating is all a mistake. Someone else's. But how are they going to find this out when they don't even talk to one another?

(Picture Book: Realistic Fiction in Rhyme)

The Creative Teacher: Activities for Language Arts (Grades 4 through 8 and Up)
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