From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K-Tilly is too shy to make friends in her new town, so Blue Horse, her stuffed toy, becomes her playmate. After their many wonderful adventures together, she spots another girl alone on the playground and Blue Horse encourages her to reach out to her. Pip agrees to be friends-if her doll can be part of the fun. In the reassuring concluding page, Tilly is surrounded by other children and their imaginary playmates, including fairies, a cowboy, a ghost, and 'gators. The childlike artwork features bold swatches of color and an exuberant informality that Stephens uses to advantage in her story. The pages are suffused with purples and blues when Tilly is lonely or playing with Blue Horse. When she joins the children, the palette lightens and brightens with greens and other colors. The full-bleed spreads are filled with varying perspectives and capture a child's longing for friendship. The straightforward text works both for group sharing or independent reading. Those who have had imaginary friends will find a kindred spirit in Tilly.Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI
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PreS-K. The new girl in town, Tilly, plays alone, lonely in her room until a stuffed animal, Blue Horse, begins to talk and becomes her companion. Not only do they have a terrific time together but Blue Horse also encourages her to make friends with a girl in the park. In the end, Tilly befriends all the neighborhood children and their own "special friends" like Blue Horse. Children will respond to the simple, satisfying story with its matter-of-fact acceptance of the reality of stuffed-animal friends to children. The naive artwork is large in scale, bold in color, and fresh in every way. Add this to the list of good books to read aloud; it's particularly suitable for teachers looking for simple picture books about making friends, a theme that takes center stage with the beginning of each school year. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved