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Friends (Mostly)
by Barbara M. Joosse and Tomaso Milian


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Henry and Ruby.
Ruby and Henry.
Best friends.
(Most of the time.)
They give the best gifts and know the best games and are the best at keeping secrets.
(Most of the time.)
But even when Henry and Ruby don't get along, they know one thing: nothing is the same without your best friend.  Read more...


 
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More About Friends (Mostly) by Barbara M. Joosse; Tomaso Milian
 
 
 
Overview

Henry and Ruby.
Ruby and Henry.
Best friends.
(Most of the time.)
They give the best gifts and know the best games and are the best at keeping secrets.
(Most of the time.)
But even when Henry and Ruby don't get along, they know one thing: nothing is the same without your best friend.
Henry and Ruby.
Ruby and Henry.
They belong together.
All of the time.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780060882211
  • ISBN-10: 0060882212
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books
  • Publish Date: September 2010
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8
  • Dimensions: 11.12 x 9.36 x 0.38 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.92 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Emotions & Feelings

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-10-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Friendship does not have to be a 24/7 lovefest: that's the important lesson behind this sometimes preachy and visually unremarkable book. With the exception of some singsong odes to each other, most of the text takes the form of alternating monologues by BFFs Henry and Ruby ("Usually we're friends, but sometimes we're unfriends"), with each child alternatively singing joys of collaboration ("In circus, I'm the ringmaster and Ruby's the lion tamer), kvetching ("He told my secret... to a boy!" grouses Ruby after she shares her crush on a classmate with him), and worrying about the constancy of affections ("What if Ruby finds another best friend?"). Unfortunately, Joosse's (Roawr!) text relies a bit too heavily on the "kids say the darnedest things" mentality ("Yesterday, I had gruffly thoughts") and Milian, making his debut, contributes vignettes that show a wide range of emotions and activities, but don't quite escape the safe, frisky feeling of a well-meaning textbook. While the necessary ups and downs of friendship will be recognizable to readers, neither text nor art truly evokes the depth of emotions at play. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)

 
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