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 Billy & Rose : just the way they are (Billy & Rose)
 Author: Hest, Amy

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: 42 p., col. ill., 24 cm

 BTSB No: 441593 ISBN: 9781536214208
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Best friends -- Fiction
 Sheep -- Fiction
 Pigs -- Fiction

Price: $21.88

Billy and Rose find that sharing their belongings is the perfect antidote to serious discussions that highlight their disagreements.

 Illustrator: Denton, Kady MacDonald
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 520950

   Kirkus Reviews (10/01/23)
   School Library Journal (02/02/24)
   Booklist (09/15/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/15/2023 Rose, an amiable pig, and Billy, a sensitive goat, navigate the occasionally choppy waters of best friendship in four short chapters. In “Books,” Rose favors a tall, blue volume, while Billy’s choice is a fat, red one. Each character reads aloud to the other repeatedly, while both enjoy the pictures. In the second chapter, Rose longs for a rainy walk on a sunny day. In the third, Billy has a bad hair day. The final story, “Cupcakes,” involves a disagreement about cupcake and icing choices for Rose’s (un)birthday. In each short chapter, the two characters have a disagreement that is soon resolved in a way that satisfies them both. Beginning readers who enjoyed Billy and Rose: Forever Friends (2022) will welcome this equally charming sequel. Written with the simplicity of empathy, it makes the point that friends may not agree on everything, as long as they care about each other. Denton's gentle ink-and-watercolor illustrations portray Billy and Rose with soft, spring colors and the graceful, expressive positions and movements of dancers. A beguiling choice for beginning readers. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 02/02/2024 PreS-Gr 2—Billy the sheep and Rose the pig don't seem to have much in common, but they like to have "serious discussions" about the important things in life. In the second installment of this sweet series (after Billy and Rose: Forever Friends), the subjects of their discussions are "Books," "Hair," "Rain," and "Cupcakes," which happen to be the chapter names laid out on the contents page. Although they each have strong differing opinions (Billy prefers tall blue books and Rose prefers fat red books), they're both accepting of their differences and their friendship blossoms with compromise. The chapters are more like vignettes and can be read as stand-alone stories. The text is interspersed with watercolor-and-ink pictures on every page, making it the perfect bridge between early reader and beginning chapter book. VERDICT A calm meditation on the joys of working things out, perfect for a burgeoning reader or as a sweet read-aloud for caregiver and child, sure to enforce early elementary social-emotional skills.—Carrie Voliva - Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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