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 Big and Little are best friends
 Author: Garland, Michael


 Publisher:  Orchard Books
 Pub Year: 2017

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [26] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 367777 ISBN: 9780545870979
 Ages: 3-5 Grades: K

 Subjects:
 Stories in rhyme
 Elephants -- Fiction
 Mice -- Fiction
 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Difference (Psychology) -- Fiction
 English language -- Synonyms and antonyms -- Fiction

Price: $18.61

Summary:
Big is an elephant, and Little is a mouse, and they like very different things, but despite their differences they remain the best of friends.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.40
   Points: .5   Quiz: 191760

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (-) (03/01/17)
   School Library Journal (-) (05/01/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 PreS-Gr 1—Big (an elephant) and Little (a mouse) are best friends who like different things. This title reads like a list of polar opposites. The lack of connection from page to page leaves the story without an arc, and readers won't have a compelling reason to believe in the bond between Big and Little—or that the friendship will work "for me and for you," as reads the last line of the book. However, Garland's familiar bright, eye-catching art ensures circulation in spite of the dull text. On the cover, Little holds an umbrella while standing atop Big's water-spraying trunk—a delightful image sure to entice young readers. But awkward rhymes ("Big and Little/are best of friends,/Though the things that they like/Are at opposite ends") and forced words ("Little plays loud,/Big plays mellow./Little likes blue,/Big likes yellow") prevent this selection from being a good read-aloud. VERDICT Despite the colorful artwork, this offering remains an additional purchase at best.—Hillary Perelyubskiy, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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