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Kindergarten-Grade 2—Anna and Julisa are friends who both wear red glasses and are quiet, shy, and helpful. Kayla and Melanie, referred to by everybody as "two of a kind," are not as nice, and their mocking, self-importance is somewhat alluring to naive Anna. When they begin to include her in their games, she is secretly delighted. She feels guilty about leaving Julisa alone but sits silently by as the two malicious girls scoff openly at Julisa and call her "Miss Giant Eyes." It soon becomes clear to Anna that she doesn't have much in common with these bossy and unkind classmates. When she finally realizes that she much prefers the company of her goodhearted and true friend over the two "popular" girls, she leaves them behind with no regrets. The well-designed pastel watercolor illustrations connect this story with the author and illustrator's previous title, The New Girl…and Me (S & S, 2006). Filled with characters reflecting varying ethnic backgrounds, both offerings could easily be set at the same school. There's not much here that hasn't been done before but the book imparts a good lesson that needs reinforcing.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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Jacqui Robbins is the author of The New Girl . . . and Me. A former teacher, Jacqui is now a full-time mother in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Visit her website jacquirobbins.com. Matt Phelan‘s black-and-white illustrations can be found in the Newbery Medal winner The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron as well as in The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney. He is also the illustrator of The New Girl . . . and Me. He lives in Philadelphia and can be found online at mattphelan.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141692437X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416924371
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By DAC VINE VOICE on March 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful story about two different friendships. Kayla and Melanie, whisper a lot and are only nice to each other. Julisa and Anna will let anyone play with them.

"Kayla and Melanie are two of a kind. That's what Kayla and Melanie say. Even our teacher, Ms. Becky, says it sometimes, like when Kayla and Melanie beg to be partners at work time.
"Julisa and I like to be partners too, but nobody calls us two of a kind. Ms. Becky does say, "Julisa, and Anna, can you help?" a lot. And we do."

In science class Kayla and Melanie make fun of Julisa's glasses, Anna pretends not to notice. Anna is teamed up with Melanie for the science experiment. Melanie is impressed with Anna's rainbow. Anna can now hang out with Melanie and Kayla.

I loved Two of a Kind. It's another great picture book featuring characters of color that has nothing to do with race. Its simply a story of a girl who decide if she likes spending time with the popular girls or her best friend. Julisa's voice is very clear and the dilemma well defined.

Phelan's illustrations are lovely and a perfect fit. I loved that the illustrator depicts Kayla and Melanie wearing matching outfits. He captures the emotions on everyone face. One any given page without reading the text, it's easy to tell what a character's feeling. Ages 5up
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A touching blend of advice and morals that children of all ages need. Very charming, indeed.
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This is a wonderful book, beautifully written and illustrated. I read it tonight with my 7 year old son, 5 year old daughter, and 3 year old daughter. They were rapt the entire time.

It is a touching story of the importance of being true to oneself and one's friends, even when the cool kids make it hard. My kids and I had a really nice conversation afterwards, about "mean girls" and the importance of standing up for one's friends. They were all unanimous that they wanted to be like the girls with glasses -- that fun and laughter were better than snideness. Nicely done.
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