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Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo
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May 25, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 1st, 2nd, friendship, girls, early-chapter-book, picture-books, parents-press-2011
Read in October, 2010

Bink and Gollie are friends, one tiny and one tall, who are as different as different can be. Roller skating around town, these friends embark on different adventures together in three short illustrated chapters. Bink is small and a bit feisty, as she is determined to find a fun new pair of socks. Gollie is tall and lanky, and seems a bit almost aloof as she tries to be the steady, grounded friend. And yet Gollie has her fanciful side as well, as she takes an imaginary trip mountain climbing to the Andes. The two balance each other perfectly, always coming back to each other and providing comfort and friendship. While DiCamillo and McGhee have written this as an early reader, they have had fun sprinkling in some longer, fun words like ““bonanza”, “outrageous”, “implore”, “ventured”, and “marvelous”. I found that it worked best to read aloud with my new reader first; she was so charmed by the story, that she quickly learned these longer words. Tony Fucile’s illustrations sparkle with the distinct personality of each friend. Winner of the 2011 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished early reading book.

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