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My Friends Paperback – 30 Sep 1995

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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Reissue edition (30 Sept. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811812375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811812375
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 0.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,873,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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--"PARENTS' CHOICE"Starred Review The illustrations are vibrant. The story is simple--a little girl tells what she has learned from her friend the cat, her friend the dog, her friend the horse, her friend the gorilla and other friends both common and unlikely. Children will quickly be pointing out the whimsical details in the art.--"PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, " June, 1990 In this ode to everyday activities and things, a free-spirited girl hops, jumps and kicks her way across the countryside, paying homage to her friends along the way. Like a satellite launched into perpetual motion, the constantly moving child praises--among others--the rooster who taught her to march, the ant who taught her to explore the earth and the teachers who taught her to study. In spare, luminous landscapes, the minute world reveals a special beauty to those still and attentive enough to behold it. The activities depicted are alternately lively and quiet, but the prevailing mood is one of continuous celebration. Gomi's "(Bus Stops; Where's the Fish?)" meticulous sense of design and careful use of brilliantly colored, highly delineated images imbues the story with a sense of the wonder and delight to be derived from life's simplest--but bountiful--moments. Ages 2-4. --"BOOKLIST, " July 1990 A little girl recites all the pleasurable things she has learned from her friends. "I learned to jump from my friend the dog. I learned to climb from my friend the monkey. I learned to run from my friend the horse." The litany continues, including such meaningful things as reading and studying and, most importantly, loving. Gomi's simple watercolors, marked by spare, cutout shapes, are set against a clean white background. An elemental story that will reach toddlers and older preschoolers alike.--"FIVE OWLS, " September/October 1990 Winner of the Graphic Prize at the 1989 Bologna Children's Book Fair, Taro Gomi has once more created a perfect blend of art and text in this simple picture book in which a little girl's animal friends demonstrate some basic actions learned in life. The little girl gives credit to a variety of living creatures for exemplifying things humans are apt to take for granted, from walking to star-gazing and from singing to smelling the flowers. The young learner accepts easily the examples provided by her animal friends and then moves smoothly to learning from books, teachers, and human friends the more complicated tasks of reading, studying, and playing together. The straightforward text is rhythmic, and the graphic collage style is brilliantly colored. Subtle and humorous details, expressions, actions, and objects encourage careful rereading.

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Taro Gomi is a resident of Tokyo, Japan, and has illustrated more than 100 books for children.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NVT on 26 May 2011
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Really like this book. It's a simple book with lovely illustrations all about a little girl and who she learns from. My 2 year old really loves it and equates the objects/animals in the book to things and people she learns from. No story here, but it's still engaging and interactive for a 2 year old. Will be looking out for more Taro Gomi books. I am always looking out for unusual and interesting things, including books for under 5's as I write about this stuff (at ebabee likes) and this certainly fits the bill.
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By Bongo McBongo on 9 Jun. 2012
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A charming little book. My daughter is 16 months old and she really likes it. It's unusual in that it is very simple and intended for a young audience (1 - 3 year olds by my estimate), but still has a lot of pages. So many books for this age group have, like 4 or 5 pages and take about 10 seconds to read. This one is longer, which is very nice.
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Lovely pictures paired with charming repeated structure. Read it to our first-born from birth, and have film footage of her reading it to her newborn baby sister because she knew it by heart. Highly recommended as one of baby's first books.
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By LC on 23 Sept. 2014
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My daughter loves it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A delightful read! 16 May 2001
By "coritex" - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is the first and last choice of my 15-month-old daughter every night before she goes to bed. She delights in the pictures and simple text, and asks for it to be read over and over again. The age description says 4 to 8 years, but even the youngest readers can enjoy the colorful pictures and the story's adorable heroine.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"I learned to walk from my friend the cat." 28 April 2006
By Luan Gaines - Published on
Format: Paperback
An elegant simplicity of design and the use of primary colors make this book an attractive primer for bilingual study, as a little girl identifies with the world around her, beginning with animals: "I learned to jump from my friend the dog/ De mi amigo el perro aprendi a bincar." She learns to climb from a monkey, to explore from an ant, to watch the night sky from an owl, to sing from the birds. Then she learns to read from books, to study from her teachers and to play from her school friends. Best of all, she "[learned] to love from a friend like you/ Y aprendi como amor de un amigo como tu", adding an emotional element to the learning process. The drawings are simply constructed, kept to an appropriate language level, learning-friendly in concept and execution, the perfect introduction to bilingual language skills. Luan Gaines/ 2006.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Well loved with beautiful illustrations. 5 July 2012
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My son absolutely loves this book. When own several books by Taro Gomi and they definitely don't disappoint. The illustrations are cute and the words are short and sweet. My son loves to point out and name the animals and objects in the book. Every time we read the book, he points out new objects. Its a great way to teach him the names of objects and animals. I have since bought several copies of this book for friends and family and they have always been well received and loved. The most recent gift was raved about at the gift opening. Another parent that we had given the book to raved about how much they and their daughter love the book. I would highly recommend My Friend as well as any other title by Taro Gomi!
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"My Friends" is a sweet treat... 18 Jan. 2009
By Georgia O'Keefe - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely book with the most wonderful illustrations. Since it was so highly recommended by our niece's 2-year-old daughter, Elle, I bought it for my 1-year-old grandson, Max. He was charmed. It does come as a board book, which is probably a smarter choice for a child this young.

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My Friends 9 Jan. 2012
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"My Friends" is one of my favorite books. It is beautifully illustrated and a beautifully told story. My Friends teaches respect - respect and love for the world around us. I read My Friends to my son and look forward to sharing this book with him for years to come.
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