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The Friendly Book (Little Golden Books)

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This whimsical collection of poems and stories by Margaret Wise Brown is back in print in its original format—the Little Golden Book. Garth Williams' artwork shines here, with the friendliest bunnies, dogs, and people ever!
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Golden Books (first published 1954)
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Robert Beveridge
Margaret Wise Brown, The Friendly Book (Golden Press, 1954)

The farther I get outside the Goodnight Moon circle of Margaret Wise Brown books, the more I understand that saying about lightning never striking twice. The Friendly Book is the weakest book the Brown corpus we've encountered so far. It seems to be an attempt at poetry. To Brown's credit, the structure of most of the pieces of the book is the same, though that structure is very flawed; the first half of each poem (each of which is title
People, boats, dogs, fish, snow, stars, even trains among other things that a child likes. Good starter book for the young reader as it shows how one thing can still be many different things, and yet be the same thing.
Kip Noschese
I love this book and so do my kids (twin boys, age 3.5). The text is simple and fun to read, listing different likes; boats, trains, whistles, etc. In the end, it comes around to "I like people," and it's very sweet. My kids just about know it word for word. Even better than the text is the illustrations by Garth Williams. He is one of my favorite illustrators and his artwork for The Friendly book is beyond perfect. There's all kinds of animals driving all kinds of trains, boats and cars. His il ...more
The lulling repetition puts you into a nice sleepy state. You like the way I. says "doggy dog." You think the bunny waiting in the car to get the tire fixed feels sad. You like to point out the mama and baby dog on the bench, and the submarine that is bumping the rowboat.
Jessie Horcher
This book was all about liking a lot of things. It would be good to introduce diversity to small students.
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Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Even though she died nearly 60 years ago, her books still sell very well.

Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or p
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“I like dogs
Big dogs
Little dogs
Fat dogs
Doggy dogs
Old dogs
Puppy dogs
I like dogs
A dog that is barking over the hill
A dog that is dreaming very still
A dog that is running wherever he will
I like dogs.”
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