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The Friend

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Publisher Comments:

From the beloved husband-and-wife team of The Gardener, a Caldecott Honor Book

Annabelle Bernadette Clementine Dodd
Was a good little girl, though decidedly odd.
Belle lived every day as if she were grown —
She thought she could do everything all on her own...

Lucky for Belle, she has a friend at home, a caregiver named Beatrice Smith — Bea — who keeps a close eye on her so she doesn't get into too much mischief. Through the week Belle helps Bea as she does chores or shops or bakes, and at the end of most days they head to the beach — Belle and Bea, hand in hand, by the sea. But one afternoon Belle sneaks outside to play all alone, and something happens that changes her life forever.

A lyrical rhymed text and pictures that pack emotion combine to present powerful portraits of a girl and her loving guardian.

Review:

"In perhaps their most personal work to date, this fifth collaboration between the husband-and-wife team behind The Journey explores the subtle, intense bond shared by a girl and her caregiver, inspired by a similar relationship in the author's childhood.The book begins cinematically, with endpapers that feature a girl nearly swallowed by the luxurious appointments of her sepia-toned bedroom. The artist sets her off in a kind of spotlight, her red hair and blue nightgown the only splash of color; in the following panel cartoons, she could be an adult — putting on her glasses and emerging from the blankets — until she picks up a teddy bear and makes her way down the stairway, barely able to reach the banister. Thus Small (So You Want to Be President) presents Annabelle Bernadette Clementine Dodd as a girl wise beyond her years. Belle's mother kisses her on the cheek, her father consults his watch, and Bea, a quietly graceful woman with her hair neatly tucked into a bun, packs the parents' luggage in the trunk. As the parents speed away, Belle leans against Bea with their arms entwined, the girl's height at perhaps Bea's waist. Stewart wastes not a word as her text sets a rhythm to the duo's days, the first day of the week spent hanging laundry on the line, the second ironing, etc. Each afternoon the two break for a stroll on the beach, and, depicted in Small's wordless spreads, the scenes underscore a bond so strong that the child and caregiver need not speak. Bea invites Belle into her world, leading Belle up the back stairs into her cozy room, and taking the girl to her church, filled with the African-American congregation's voices raised in song ('Belle sang best'). When tragedy nearly strikes one day, it is as though Bea feels in her bones that something is wrong, and when she comes to Belle's rescue, the portraits that follow convey their ineffable connection. On the final page, Small shows the now grown Belle in surroundings much more akin to Bea's special room in Belle's house than to her parents' finery — and readers feel the full impact of Bea's life on Belle's own. Ages 5-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Glorious, sweeping ink-and-watercolor illustrations...a heartfelt tribute." Booklist

Review:

"An homage...warm, touching, and bravely unsettling." The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

Review:

"Small's deft watercolors create sensitive portraits of the characters and settings..." Children's Literature

Synopsis:

Lucky for Belle, she has a friend at home, a caregiver named Beatrice Smith — Bea — who keeps a close eye on her so she doesn't get into too much mischief. Through the week Belle helps Bea as she does chores or shops or bakes, and at the end of most days they head to the beach — Belle and Bea, hand in hand, by the sea. But one afternoon Belle sneaks outside to play all alone, and something happens that changes her life forever. A lyrical rhymed text and pictures that pack emotion combine to present powerful portraits of a girl and her loving guardian.

Synopsis:

From the beloved husband-and-wife team of The Gardener, a Caldecott Honor Book

Annabelle Bernadette Clementine Dodd

Was a good little girl, though decidedly odd.

Belle lived every day as if she were grown --

She thought she could do everything all on her own.

Lucky for Belle, she has a friend at home, a caregiver named Beatrice Smith — Bea — who keeps a close eye on her so she doesn't get into too much mischief. Through the week Belle helps Bea as she does chores or shops or bakes, and at the end of most days they head to the beach — Belle and Bea, hand in hand, by the sea. But one afternoon Belle sneaks outside to play all alone, and something happens that changes her life forever.

A lyrical rhymed text and pictures that pack emotion combine to present powerful portraits of a girl and her loving guardian.

About the Author

This is Sarah Stewart and Caldecott Medalist David Small's fifth collaboration. They live in Mendon, Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374324636
Author:
Sarah Stewart and David Small
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Illustrator:
Small, David
Author:
Stewart, Sarah
Author:
Small, David
Location:
New York
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Household employees
Subject:
Stories in rhyme
Subject:
Beaches
Subject:
Family - Daily Life
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Health & Daily Living - Daily Activities
Subject:
People
Subject:
Places/United States/African American
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Family - Parents
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
20040811
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 1 up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
8 1/2 x 11
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
05-UP

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Product details 48 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374324636 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In perhaps their most personal work to date, this fifth collaboration between the husband-and-wife team behind The Journey explores the subtle, intense bond shared by a girl and her caregiver, inspired by a similar relationship in the author's childhood.The book begins cinematically, with endpapers that feature a girl nearly swallowed by the luxurious appointments of her sepia-toned bedroom. The artist sets her off in a kind of spotlight, her red hair and blue nightgown the only splash of color; in the following panel cartoons, she could be an adult — putting on her glasses and emerging from the blankets — until she picks up a teddy bear and makes her way down the stairway, barely able to reach the banister. Thus Small (So You Want to Be President) presents Annabelle Bernadette Clementine Dodd as a girl wise beyond her years. Belle's mother kisses her on the cheek, her father consults his watch, and Bea, a quietly graceful woman with her hair neatly tucked into a bun, packs the parents' luggage in the trunk. As the parents speed away, Belle leans against Bea with their arms entwined, the girl's height at perhaps Bea's waist. Stewart wastes not a word as her text sets a rhythm to the duo's days, the first day of the week spent hanging laundry on the line, the second ironing, etc. Each afternoon the two break for a stroll on the beach, and, depicted in Small's wordless spreads, the scenes underscore a bond so strong that the child and caregiver need not speak. Bea invites Belle into her world, leading Belle up the back stairs into her cozy room, and taking the girl to her church, filled with the African-American congregation's voices raised in song ('Belle sang best'). When tragedy nearly strikes one day, it is as though Bea feels in her bones that something is wrong, and when she comes to Belle's rescue, the portraits that follow convey their ineffable connection. On the final page, Small shows the now grown Belle in surroundings much more akin to Bea's special room in Belle's house than to her parents' finery — and readers feel the full impact of Bea's life on Belle's own. Ages 5-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Glorious, sweeping ink-and-watercolor illustrations...a heartfelt tribute."
"Review" by , "An homage...warm, touching, and bravely unsettling."
"Review" by , "Small's deft watercolors create sensitive portraits of the characters and settings..."
"Synopsis" by , Lucky for Belle, she has a friend at home, a caregiver named Beatrice Smith — Bea — who keeps a close eye on her so she doesn't get into too much mischief. Through the week Belle helps Bea as she does chores or shops or bakes, and at the end of most days they head to the beach — Belle and Bea, hand in hand, by the sea. But one afternoon Belle sneaks outside to play all alone, and something happens that changes her life forever. A lyrical rhymed text and pictures that pack emotion combine to present powerful portraits of a girl and her loving guardian.
"Synopsis" by ,
From the beloved husband-and-wife team of The Gardener, a Caldecott Honor Book

Annabelle Bernadette Clementine Dodd

Was a good little girl, though decidedly odd.

Belle lived every day as if she were grown --

She thought she could do everything all on her own.

Lucky for Belle, she has a friend at home, a caregiver named Beatrice Smith — Bea — who keeps a close eye on her so she doesn't get into too much mischief. Through the week Belle helps Bea as she does chores or shops or bakes, and at the end of most days they head to the beach — Belle and Bea, hand in hand, by the sea. But one afternoon Belle sneaks outside to play all alone, and something happens that changes her life forever.

A lyrical rhymed text and pictures that pack emotion combine to present powerful portraits of a girl and her loving guardian.

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