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And to Think That We Thought That We'd Never Be Friends


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Mary Ann Hoberman is the author of a number of acclaimed books for children, including One of Each, The Seven Silly Eaters, and the classic A House Is a House for Me.
Kevin Hawkes has illustrated many books for children, including My Little Sister Ate One Hare by Bill Grossman, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.


K-Gr 5-According to Hoberman, Dr. Seuss's And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street "provided both [the] cadence and inspiration" for this book. Based on the premise that kindness and inclusiveness can produce worldwide harmony, this story poem dances first through the resolution of small sibling skirmishes, then progresses to a major international parade that heals all differences. Each verse's lilting, singsong rhyming pattern ends with the refrain: "And to think that we thought that we'd never be friends!" Hawkes's playful and colorful acrylic artwork sparkles with energy. The number of characters grows from a squabbling brother and sister to "hundreds and thousands and millions of friends!" The magical transformation from anger and criticism to enthusiasm and love, by humans and beasts alike, is accomplished by invitations to all to join the musical parade. Even an ocean doesn't stop the marching because all of the sea creatures join in. This bouncy title will make a wonderful read-aloud, especially as a responsive poem with children echoing the chorus. It would also be great for creative dramatics, with youngsters joining a parade, complete with whistles, spoons, and drums.-Betty Teague, Blythe Academy of Languages, Greenville, SC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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