When you have a friend you love the best, playing together is huge fun. But sometimes even the best friends argue...These best friends love to play schools and doctors. Together they look after their toys and put their boots on so that they can splash in puddles. But one day things go wrong, they shout at each other and then they don't speak at all. They are both good and pretending that they don't care about having to play on their own now; but really they care very much indeed. Perhaps if they could just say "I'm sorry" everything would be good again. AGE 3-6
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Sam McBratney was born in Belfast in 1945. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin and taught for many years before becoming a full time writer. He is best-known for Guess How Much I Love You. Jennifer Eachus studied Graphic Design at Liverpool College of Art. Previously an infant teacher she now dedicates her time to children's books.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-K-Even the closest friendship must weather the occasional storm. Such is the case with a preschool boy and girl who share in all kinds of creative play. Theirs is a relationship made in heaven until harsh words are spoken and they shout at one another. The boy describes his anger, feigned indifference, sadness, and loneliness all resulting from the spat. He muses that if his friend were as sad as he is "She would come and say, 'I'm sorry,' and I would say sorry, too." While the youngster's desire for reconciliation is admirable, these sentiments give a mixed message about apologizing. Additionally, the cause of the disagreement is not explained in either the pictures or the text. Since many young children are very concerned with issues of fairness, this omission may be troubling, even though the point is clearly not to assign blame to either child. Lovely illustrations represent the preschoolers and their familiar surroundings with a softened realism. Renderings of the children's faces are especially effective in conveying the emotions McBratney describes. Despite some modest quibbles with the story line, this gentle vignette nicely portrays a friendship between the genders.
Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
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Book Description HarperCollins Children's Books, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006646298