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Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo
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DiCamillo, K. and McGhee, A. (2010). Bink and Gollie. Massachusetts: Candlewick Press.
Gr. K-3. Bink and Gollie are the best of friends. They are marvelous companions who go on many adventures together. But sometimes they don’t agree – Bink likes bright socks, and Gollie wants to travel to the Andes Mountains. What will they be up to next?
Curriculum: This is a good book to talk about how friends can have differences and not always agree on everything, but can still be friends and appreciate each other. The book can also be used to talk about what compromise means and how important it is to compromise in our daily lives. Individuality is also an important idea in the book; Bink really does what she feels she needs to do, and she stays true to herself no matter what. The girls are always up for an adventure and having fun, two more themes that can lead to good discussion. The book is a chapter book, but also has wonderful illustrations which will appeal to reluctant readers and those who like graphic novel-type books. The vocabulary is mostly easy in the story, but there are a few words such as “bonanza” and “unremarkable” that young kids may not know, so it would be a good book to use to expand some vocabulary.
Awards: Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (2011), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Picture Book (2010), Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of the Year for Fiction (2010)

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